winter in gallup, new mexico

elevation six thousand seven hundred feet
thinner air, bluer skies, brighter sunsets

everything reflects the weather cycle
scrub oak and juniper, bitter sagebrush
hardened against the long, dry times

in winter, even the snow is drier, lighter
as temperatures descend below imagination
until in the heatless sun of morning
even the frost is breathless

About the Author

j.lewis is an internationally published poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. His poems have appeared online and in print in numerous journals from California to Nigeria to the UK. His first collection of poetry and photography “a clear day in october” is available on Amazon. A chapbook “every evening is december” is available at Praxis Magazine. To view more of his work click below.