Conditions Being What They Are
Warm March morning. The sky dropped a foot
of snow on us a week ago and now it rises
in the warm air as fog in the hollows and foothills
disappear as I drive through it. Tonight it’s coming
back down as rain which will be snow before it ends
and I’ll be bending my back to shovel it away
from my car. Three times I will have passed through
it in a week, this same stuff, reconfigured, recycled.
When they buried my uncle a few days ago I knew
if there is a soul it’s like this snow, form a phase only
with respect to specific conditions and maybe
for all that, still surviving, no memory, none,
recognition only a scent like snow before it snows.