The condition of the noun occasioned
by the action of it as verb, a word,
in other words, of dual persuasion,
a singular two-part part of speech,
the noun of it having occurred,
having been brought into being,
despair leading therefore to despair,
here, but also somehow everywhere:
the chair, the coffee cup, the window,
those trees beyond it resignedly sighing
and yet enduring the continuing snow,
the winter it is to be hoped they sleep through,
unaware of winter birds not flying
but perched in ones and glum twos.
Also, huddled in a thicket, a doe,
possessed by her own cold woe.
Woe, an interjection and a noun,
a lament the doe, incapable of voicing,
still feels as the snow falls all around.
Only the snow does not feel it, falling
and falling, rejoicing
in its fall, its accumulation appalling
to all but itself, inhabiting the very air,
which is the place, also, of despair.
For air is the atmosphere of all,
conglomerate of gases, a vernacular term
without the least scientific wherewithal.
Air is also a song, and the song tonight
is snow, in the lee of each tree a berm
of it building, a thousand beams of white,
contributing to everything this sense of woe,
which comes and comes and comes, like snow.