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Winter Island, Salem
Kristin D'Agostino


It is February and every wild thing is hungry.
The earth is tipped in white snow
caught like a jellyfish in a net of shadow.
The bay is cold as Jupiter,
ducks drifting like orphans
in a galaxy of ice.
But, today a sun, golden
as a loaf of bread
rises from the fire of the hearth.
Gulls scoop hooked beaks
into the sea in search of fish.
Like them, I sink in my teeth.
I tilt my face toward heaven
and fill the empty basket
of my heart with light.

© by Kristin D’Agostino.
Used with the author's permission.


Kristin D’Agostino is a journalist, poet, and photographer who finds inspiration in her Italian roots, walks in the woods, and daily doses of poetry (most recently Ruth Stone's.)  The writing gene runs deep: Kristin’s mother and grandmother were both writers and Kristin herself has been “filling up notebooks,” as she puts it, since the fourth grade. Currently based in Burlington, Vermont, Kristin is working on her MFA. Learn more about her at, and see some of her photography at



Post New Comment:
Lovely images - I can feel the sun!
Posted 02/22/2022 02:45 PM
Ah, poetry indeed!!!!
Posted 02/22/2022 11:55 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful language.
Posted 02/22/2022 10:53 AM
Like it all but really love the last stanza. Wish there was sun here today.
Posted 02/22/2022 09:51 AM
So many similes and metaphors!
Posted 02/22/2022 09:09 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this uplifting picturesque poem full of unique images. The metaphors of jellyfish for snow, orphans for ducks and golden loaf of bread for sun are exquisite. I can see, feel and taste this poem.
Posted 02/22/2022 08:53 AM
Superb work Kristin . . . neat, precise language, compelling imagery.
Posted 02/22/2022 08:20 AM
Larry Schug:
Oh, my! Wow! I think I'll just linger on each stanza of this poem throughout the day (when I can get a break from dealing with this snow storm). Definitely a poem I want to savor.
Posted 02/22/2022 07:15 AM

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