Poet of the Week: Derrick Wetson Brown

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A Poem for Peter of The Snowy Day

You are a bright red cardinal feather Peter.

You are me.
A brown boy who scales mountains
and slides down slopes of imagination-
takes snowballs home for keepsakes
and weeps when what you love
melts away in the warmth of a happy home.

And haven’t we all as children tried
to hold on to happiness?
Pocket it
to stow away for a rainy day
when the melt becomes too much for us
and grown up fears and futures
start to snowball.

Peter. My brown reminder of the
child within, who’ll never melt


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