Ann Quinn and Marilyn Ackerman

Marilyn Ackerman
Inspiration piece

Cattle in Snow
By Ann Quinn

“Eternity is always present in the animal mind; only men deal in beginnings and ends.” –Wendell Berry

The cold
is absolute
is all there ever
has been
all there ever
will be

Does the tree
feel buds
kicking inside?

Does the snow
know only
its perfection,
its unique embrace
of dust?

Or does it remember

And the cold,
does it know
that it
might, one day,

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