Winter Weather Advisory by Christian Sammartino


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Winter Weather Advisory

The national weather service has issued
a winter weather advisory concerning
your quadrant of the American Heartland.

Adopt coping methods from your inner
child when cold fronts transform states
into commonwealths of blizzards.

Buy dollar store coffee filters
with your pocket change.

Snip paper hearts into an igloo cooler
until you harvest one for every patient
on the national transplant list.

Write single sentence love letters
addressed to anyone who forgets they are
not blots of ink in an avalanche of names.

Fold them like fortune cookie proverbs.
find a niche in your ice chest as you wait
for the ribcage of your hometown to thaw.

Plant your blessings in the soil
with tree seedlings on Arbor Day.

Roots will compost your gifts, spreading kind
words beneath the county, until a whole forest
builds your message into its branches.


Christian Sammartino

Christian Sammartino was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He studied English Literature and Asian Religions at Elizabethtown College. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his home in Coatesville, and his experiences as an AmeriCorps Scholar. He has honed his writing through mediation sessions with the Elizabethtown College Meditation Club. His poetry has been published in Rib Cage Chicago Literary Magazine.