Snow on the Hills


Snow on the Hills


The scant snow’s an afterthought,

no more: the storm

at midnight impatient

to shrug off this place

and reach higher ground.


Still it blesses us briefly

at sunrise—

a mauve and vermilion gauze

of light, shimmering

with the urgency of

all things

never meant to last.



Don Thompson


Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks, most recently, A San Joaquin Almanac (Main Street Rag).  The Art of Stone Axes, a collection of quatrains, some of which appeared  originally in Ariel Chart, will be released this summer from Broadstone Books. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at

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