again no hard frost

descending as we sleep,

only this light dusting

that melts and lifts

as we stir ourselves

with hot showers and tea.

There really is no winter this year –

a simple refrain

that rocks the mind

on wide and sturdy runners

that bring no ease.




M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth’s Daughters, Main Street Rag, Theodate, and 3:AM Magazine, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See, edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and Journey to Crone, edited by S. Philip. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.