Late Marriage Blizzard

That snowy final night
with cars skidding sideways
down the hushed streets
slushed with gray sleet
the radiator iced over
but the stove still worked
so we turned on the burners
boiled pots of salt water
to warm the dark room
also set the oven at 400
and pulled the door down
sat under an onionskin sheet
staring at the red coils
snakes we toe teased
a fireplace of no wood
only dry heat and ash
a hell mouth of death breath
saying nothing but hiss
yet giving all the warmth
we still had to share.

About the Author:
James Valvis is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE (Aortic Books, 2011). He has published hundreds of poems in places like Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Glint, New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Rattle, River Styx, and Verse Daily. His fiction is also widely published in places like Daily Science Fiction, Los Angeles Review, Pedestal Magazine, Potomac Review, storySouth, and Washington Pastime. His fiction has twice been a Notable Story in the Million Writers Award. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.