This Is Salvation - MJ Iuppa

To watch snow
            think thoughtfully
between obscure lines tethered
            to gradual descent  ̶

the graceful exercise
            & soundless sweep
of trembling air & feathery flakes
            landing on ground, or
shadowy edges, or eyelashes
            about to blink  ̶

surrender to snow, surrender
            to day’s light

M.J. Iuppa is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full-length poetry collections, This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin NY.