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Winter Wind

By Rick LaClair

Tonight wind tests the strength

of mighty trees.

Sways heavy boughs,

rockets through

the groin of the woods.

Tubas, fifes, oboes,

clarinets, drumsticks

join in cacophony.

Not one soloist --

I wrestle to find the melody.

Swarming air --

sucks the window pane,

then blows inward

in cold percussion.

The worst is the roar

of the cyclic gust

that circles

out of the sky.

Like a wave it crashes

against the sides

of the house.

You bruise the comfort

of my sleep --

You shatter

my brittle dreams.

RICK LaCLAIR will join Martha Deed in a reading at the Research and Information Commons at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He teaches at Erie Community College, North Campus.