snow-ring indicates a death this winter
you came home with a ring on your keychain
just a shiny silver ring, Venus upside-down without her crucifix
it was wrapped around your finger like a solid black armband.
a rabbit’s foot against black ice and blizzards
we could have used it at the bottom of our trench in the hillside
where our bare feet forced the clutch to take,
where we ran ourselves off the road--
but that is not our custom.
lucky charm evoked when the disaster has passed
and now it’s hanging from your keychain
and I can’t help but wonder who it’s imitating