Ode to an Epithet

a snowflake
may quickly melt
against flushed cheeks
against the red fire of lips
against hot breath
venom and bile
but a snowflake
is the mere form
of something else
that’s never destroyed
like matter
like energy
like life itself
and like these
it will crystallize again
embracing the tiniest speck
wrapping it
in infinite patterns
of beautiful rebellion

Brian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He writes free verse poetry, and has been published in The Blue Nib, The American Journal of Poetry, Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others. Read other articles by Brian.