Poetry

Three Winter Miniatures

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Very short poems for a long winter.

Flagrant

Flagrant
disregard for winter:
the Canada geese stay.
Like my heart,
itself a former
vagrant.

*

Pheasant

Ring-necked
pheasant in the front yard!
A rough winter’s
consolation — though not
for everything.

*

Solstice

Souls, this
is it: light’s
acolytes
turn inward
at the winter
solstice.

Jessica Hornik is the author of the poetry collection A Door on the River and an associate editor of National Review. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, Poetry, and many other publications.

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