YOU... and your fancy alliterations! Sometimes I forget to remember those things when I'm writing, but they seem like a second nature to you. You always mix your letters around so beautifully, even in looser poetry formats. Your skill with words really makes me jealous, girl.
I'm on these really stupid computers at school that won't let me copy/paste, and I'll be damned if I'm copying your poem out word-for-word, so forgive me for not including block quotations in my reply. I'll just give you an overall impression.
Gotta say, your introductory stanza is just perfect. It says everything that the poem expands on, all in four well-composed lines. Meets every standard for an introduction, it's almost essay-like. Absolutely splendid.
The whole poem dives right into the imagery aspect, you describe every last aspect of the scene to the point where I can picture it myself (without the need of your visual aids... I always read your stuff in the "topic review" window because your pictures are so gosh-darn distracting).
Her interaction with the environment just completes the package, bringing the character to the setting, letting the two mingle and dance. I especially like how you wove her actions into the environment, saying the cold winds "frost her words," adds to imagery and tells a story all at the same time.
Everything you write, JM... it's like you're right there, talking from all your senses about every thought that enters your mind. I admire your style so much, I was going to post something after reading this, but now I'm reconsidering... think I have to go work on it a bit...
Next time you go to Chesapeake, phone me up... I could use some of that inspiration.
"Faith" means the will to avoid knowing what is true.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche