Solstice - Alexander Perez

Snowflakes float quietude down from the soundless sky
to the caroling earth: songs of wind and winter birds,
echoes of keening wolves

even your ax is singing
while the bare trees raise their arms in praise
for the dead’s coming transformation into fire

at my kitchen window, quietness comes calm
and for once that day, amidst the work,
heard my hymn, joined the winter chorus

Alexander Perez began writing and publishing poetry in 2022 at age forty-eight. Some of his poems first appeared in journals such as Sixfold, South Florida Poetry Journal, and Blue Unicorn. Alexander is an Albany native and currently lives in Schenectady, New York. He attended the University at Buffalo, University at Albany, and Duke University, and has degrees in English and philosophy. He works in public service for the University at Albany. Read more at