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Janine DeBaise
I’ve lived in the Syracuse area my entire life. I’ve always liked winter and snow, and enjoyed winter activities—building snow forts when I was a kid, and now cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, or snowboarding.

With this poem I was thinking about how pretty things look downtown when there’s fresh snow. I had seen a performance at the Civic Center, and I was walking across the plaza by the Everson Museum. The built environment there is very gray and geometric—lots of right angles. You get fresh snow, and those corners become curves, and you’ve got white glistening snow.

When people talk about snow, they think of the country. But downtown is beautiful in snow, too—unexpectedly beautiful.

Snow sweeps the sidewalk
Piles fluff onto bare branches
Turns gray to glisten

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