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On Our Walk
Phyllis Wax


Snow gets in my eyes,
gives the impression of tears,
but I’m not crying.
A Milky Way swirls
about us, whitens our coats.
Nothing exists
more than a hundred
feet away. But you
are next to me.

Stars have fallen
out of the sky and
landed in your hair.
A few sparkle
from your eyes.

© by Phyllis Wax.
Used with the author’s permission.



Phyllis Wax writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  A lover of warm weather, she watches the snow come and go, waiting and hoping for spring. From the window in front of her desk, she observes an abundance of migrating birds, several generations of turkeys, and the occasional fox, deer, and raccoon. Some of those make their way into her poetry. Phyllis has read her poems on the radio, in coffee shops, in libraries and bars, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.


Post New Comment:
I adore your poems mother! again that is magic!
Posted 02/16/2015 11:29 PM
Your bright, sparkling poem is wonderful.
Posted 11/30/2011 10:12 PM
Maryann Hurtt:
Phyllis, you help me remember magic when we need it most. Thank you.
Posted 11/30/2011 07:51 PM
Ah yes, "Nothing exists / more than a hundred / feet away." Takes us there.
Posted 11/30/2011 09:13 AM
Glen Sorestad:
I love it. A simple precision of language, beautifully done.
Posted 11/30/2011 08:50 AM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
I was hoping for a poem from one of my favorite poets this morning, and there it was! As always, Phyllis, your poem paints a magical picture and we are there with you...thank you for this great beginning to my day.
Posted 11/30/2011 08:46 AM
A powerful lil poem indeed. It takes all the magic of the cosmos and 'swirls it' into a living intimacy between 'me and you.' ~ iLove Lake Michigan, too. :~)
Posted 11/30/2011 08:34 AM
Very nice, indeed!
Posted 11/30/2011 08:30 AM
Lovely poem, Phyllis!
Posted 11/30/2011 06:14 AM

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