'A lineup of isobars'


"It’s snowing again.

All day, reruns of the blizzard of ’78

newscasters vying for bragging rights

how it was to go hungry

after they’d thumped the vending machines empty


the weatherman clomping

four miles on snowshoes

to get to his mike

so he could explain


how three lows

could collide to create

a lineup of isobars

footage of state troopers

peering into the caked

windows of cars...''


-- From "New Hampshire, February 7, 2003,'' by Maxine Kumin