December Blossoms by K.V. Skene

Snow white, just another lie,
a politician’s promises,
an unseasonable scent
in the air – much too unreasonable
to believe. We know

what comes next, winddrifts
of red tape (bloody child’s play)
for those who still die
to win. Like children

we trust someone will hear,
will come; save us
from the wolf (in bleached arctic
fleece) at the door – pale
as the ghost

of the unborn we steal from, thin
as the blood icicling our veins. Dead
white of winter, cold as a god,
much too old to immortalize


Copyright © K.V. Skene. Originally published in The Outreach Connection (1995, UK).


K.V. Skene is a Canadian poet whose peripatetic lifestyle has her frequently moving – across Canada and, as an expat, within England and Ireland. Her poetry has been published internationally in Canadian US, UK, Australia, Austria, Ireland and Indian journals and anthologies. Her most recent books are, Unoriginal Sins (erbacce-press, UK, 2018) and The Love Life of Bus Shelters (Cinnamon Press, UK, 2019). She is currently a member of The Ontario Poetry Society, The League of Canadian Poets, The Canadian Authors Association, The Canada Cuba Literary Alliance and The Poetry Society (UK) Her current home base is Toronto.

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