Illuminated Manuscript

Birds in the Snow

Scribed across the trail,
cuneiform tablets,
translations of ancient runes
scratched across the winter path-
the hieroglyphics of bird tracks.
Smudged and spotted,
the ancient ivory parchment reveals
the deepest snows
of the long winters day.
Delicately drawn lines of gold
etched on each twig and stem-
winters bones
illuminated by the sun.