Cold comes from every corner.
And from the train Europe looks like
a brittle romantic poem
in which the lakes close
their black moon-
lost eyes and trickling
roses can be lying on the ground
around a perfectly ordinary house
containing a perfectly ordinary family
and then suddenly seep out
like blood through
a snow-white bandage.
from The Thirteenth Month, Inge Pedersen, translated by Marilyn Nelson, © 2005 by Marilyn Nelson. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press.