Winter Noise by Lylanne Musselman Listen to the echoes in the heart of winter: snow shovels scrape concrete, tires roll over brittle ice, arthritic tree branches pop and crack as they move in the whistling breeze. Canada geese trumpet their flight across the crisp bright sky, and like parachutists smaller feathered friends drop in at full feeders, chirp delight while seeds shuffle onto frozen ground. One unexpected day, after months of muffled noise suffered under too much snowfall, you will hear the constant dripping of shiny icicles — winter’s suicidal melt, drumming in spring sounds. Bio: Lylanne Musselman is a native Hoosier with many family, friendship, and poetry ties that keep her returning often. An award-winning artist and poet, she has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. She’s authored three chapbooks, and co-authored Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press, 2013) with Jayne Marek and Mary Sexson. Alt
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