Snowflake, glistening in the sun
you swirl up, down and around
your fellow flakes
playing in the rays that will soon kill you
with their warmth and brightness.

And yet you dance,
float above the gravel,
flip and turn
glint like a spark
set on the wind.

You spare nothing
have no inhibitions
no worries,
simply live the moment.

For a breath, you stop
on a chamisa flower
hold tight and linger.
Maybe your salvation is in this clinging.
Maybe you can escape the melt.

But no, your demise is certain
as you lose your grip and fall
to the earth.

You melt and enter a creek
where you bump and flow
over boulders and through arroyos.

You join the Rio Grande
meandering across the desert
to the Gulf
where you meet
the Great Ocean.

From there you evaporate,
rise into an ethereal mist
and begin again

until you fully grasp
the waltz of the Universe
and merge completely
into Love.