[aniuvak: Inuit for snowbank]

A great winter pleasure
for northern kids is
building a snow fort
of tunnels and rooms carved
in the bowls of a snowbank.

You will notice I said
building is the great pleasure;
they hardly ever last
beyond construction.

To make a snow fort
you need an anuviak,
energy and a shovel,
and a dream of building
a kingdom of one’s own.

I can remember warrens
of tunnels and rooms
and outlooks and
secret entrances
and arches and
spires and spy holes
and ammunition
[trans: snowballs]
and secret rooms and
hiding for hours
and coming out the next
day to find it busted
and starting over
after the next storm and

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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