An apostrophe for dverse.
I see you in the golden flurry
swept from winter maple trees
and in the ruffled feathers of the birds.
I see your northern fingers’ traces
in frosted patterns on the pane
the silvered surface of the pond.
I hear you mutter in the chimney flue,
teeth gnash among the branches bare,
I fear your cold and footless tread—
is this your breath, this mist of frozen air?