Snow Sticks Around

This winter I’m trying to find satisfaction
in scratching my back
on the corner of the fireplace
that I can’t repay.

A solid outline could
solve all my problems
but out in the cold first I must learn 
to be disciplined enough 
to leave the skin on the bear. 

I’m calibrating this flaky disgorge;
staplers in my mittens; just myself 
and the open mouth that’s Colorado,
the fear of a more appealing doppelganger
spontaneously appearing.

It’s also part aichmophobia
(I sleep-walk with safety glasses)
part atelophobia
(out of all the pictures we smiled in 
how many were we actually happy?)
but mostly it’s running out
of places to run to,

the frosted morning the contrails 
somehow ended the trail
by forming a big, tall X
right above our house.


KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. The Arizona State alum’s first four collections of poems are available on Amazon. More info and writing can be found at He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and three kids.