First snow

The first snow of winter
and the world is cleansed again
but this temporary whitening
lasts but a few hours at most
and then we return to the solidly depressing grey of the movement of mankind
we walk and talk on the slippy white of compacted snow
we slide back to the blandness of reality
and into the soothing warmth of a sheltered space we call home
to sleep the sleep of inertia.

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