your first home was inside of me during Snowpocalypse twenty-twelve. our apartment in Olympia lost power twice during that season and snow days drifted high at June’s end teaching on pause and tech week skipped A Midsummer’s Night Dream stuck in winter.
your father and I alternated between snuggly couch movie binging and child-like wonderland advent’ring. the most snow either of us had seen at our homes. we layered in clothing jeans on jeans, shirt on shirt on shirt on pea coat, miscellaneous wardrobe scroungings doubleting us snow tourists topping our look with gloves, hat, camera.
owl print lady rain boots shared with him sink deep like my pastel plaid ones march in exaggerated slo-mo laughing lift leg from hip, then crash down again, fresh powder compressed with old knee-deep we trudge merrily along.
four blocks to capital mall goes slow. city shutdown, snow silencing six lanes of traffic, intersection still, magically eerie we stand there in the center we hold our breaths to hear nothing, then just echoing crunch of a willow goldfinch crossing to yonder vacant Olive Garden.
survey vast blanket ahead of us look back at our tracks, indentations dotting perfection, much like a bird on stilt-like chopsticks waltzing across an enormous bowl of sticky rice.
twelve weeks with you, I’m tir’d but happy— we work our way back home, uphill, chilled go in while he stays out to create life-sized snow people, snowfie portraits of snow-us, with you, windowed inside middle ball of snow-lady, tiny snow-baby, size of a clementine, complete with stick umbilical cord connecting to small snow-placenta (providing snow-nutrients, of course).
perchance this is how our neighbors learned, and local faeries too (if they are), you exist, our frozen announcement.
Joann Renee Boswell is a teacher, mother, photographer and poet currently living in Camas, WA with her spouse and three children. Joann loves rainy days filled with coffee, books, handholding, moody music and sci-fi shows. She’s been published in Untold Volumes, Voices of Eve and Western Friend.Joann’s first book of poetry is forthcoming from Fernwood Press in May 2020.