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December 16, 2022

The Snowdrop

In a world of caution and warnings

In a world full of departures

Comes the permanence of a snowdrop

The flower of milk and tears


Predictably returns on spindly leg

Convex back, pendulous head

Like still unfolding courage

A hopeless-looking hang with promise


Pushing through the heaviness of earth

Enduring February’s harshest winds

How could I not hear her call

She may be the heroine inside me


There’s no quitting in her

Beneath the evergreen capped in snow


© the author

by Marisa Frasca

Marisa Frasca is the author of two poetry collections: Via Incanto (Bordighera Press, 2014) and Wild Fennel (Bordighera, 2019). Her poems and translations have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, among them: Border Lines (Knopf -- Penguin Random House), The New Colossus Translation Project (American Jewish Historical Society), and The Journal of Italian

Translation (CUNY). Frasca serves on the editorial board of Arba Sicula, a non-profit that promotes Sicilian literature and folklore through its journals, Arba Sicula and Sicilia Parra.

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