Marked snow folds over the threshold.

I hedge my bets, one white pill on the tongue.
& when we

talk, it’s a kind of silent
As animals will cluster
for their warmth.

Their metallic breath
holds a version of the secret. Each print grows,

less and less.

Louise Mathias is the author of Lark Apprentice, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and The Traps (forthcoming from Four Way Books). She splits her time between the wilds of Joshua Tree, California and the wilds of Northern Indiana. Her website is www.louisemathias.com.

*Photo courtesy of lasher99.