M. Shayne Bell

Leaves fall from these trees, and the days are cold. It will snow.
The Moon is haloed by a ring of gold. It will snow. 

Over water in all forms — over tides, the rain, ice:
some say that over blood the Moon rules, bold. It will snow. 

Red sweater; red scarf; black hat, coat, boots — into the wind
and to the store before all food is sold. It will snow. 

Cold, these rooms, and I have shared my blankets with the poor
who shelter here against a storm foretold: it will snow. 

Guests sleep in chairs, on floors; I have given up my bed.
I wait by the front door, though I am old. It will snow.


M. SHAYNE BELL received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991). He worked as Poetry Editor for Sunstone (1990–95). A poem of his, “One Hundred Years of Russian Revolution,” was a finalist for the Rhysling Award (1989). His poetry has been translated into eleven languages, and it has been published in Asimov’s, Amazing Stories, Dialogue, Sunstone, Star*line, etc. His fiction has been translated into 65 languages, and stories of his have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards. His works include the novel, Nicoji; the anthology Washed by a Wave of Wind (for which he received an award for Editorial Excellence from the Association of Mormon Letters); and the story collection How We Play the Game in Salt Lake. His stories have been widely published, in (for example) Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Analog, Tomorrow, etc. He holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University (1985).