weirding by Renée M. Sgroi

Poem title: weirding Poet name: Renée M. Sgroi Poem: the fact of a blizzard has not deterred the birds. they return as if spring were a signal to be  attended, a flipped channel. on television a scientist speaks of Texas snow as weather weirding,  and it is weird, falling too in Athens, in Rome, weird the way snow clings to the side of a wood  fence, missing the point of gravity. from this view, snowflakes act like insects, dart around one  another, sentient. we used to spin like that, catch them on our outstretched tongues, allow the  snow to speak for us with a kind of buzzing. then we were alive, though we buried ourselves in make-believe ice castles, our laughter ringing out against wintry silences. a teacher once said  snow was quiet and i listened to it fall, hearing nothing. the birds, ears inside their heads, must  hear something other than silence, something weird that calls them back despite the blast of  snowflakes, before insects circle in the night around exposed light. snow, transmission like static  airwaves on palm and yucca leaves, on dry horizons, vibrating cold and speaking End of poem. Credits and bio: Copyright © Renée M. Sgroi “weirding” won a Judge’s Choice Award in the 2021 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest, and was published in the Drummond anthology edited by David Brydges. Renée M. Sgroi is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers Union of Canada, and is on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association--Toronto branch. Her poetry has been published in The Windsor Review, The /tƐmz/ Review, The Beliveau Review, The Wild Word, Lummox, and Accenti: The Magazine with an Italian Accent. She has written one poetry collection, life print, in points (erbacce-press, 2020) and is currently at work on second.  www.reneemsgroi.com