Packs of wild dogs lope
By Annette Marie Hyder
across the winter hunting grounds of the Minnesota sky at dawn.
Their long drawn out howls are seen, not heard, glow against the cold
and speak of a different kind of animal
whose brief flash of bright spirit
illuminates the day and thoughts throughout thereof.
Ice crystals are teeth that gleam, polished by the wind and sun.
Vertical rainbows are proud plumes of tails.
Halos are paw-prints they leave for our bedazzled eyes
to pick out against the ice-blue-skies.
* From, Snow dogs and sundogs, a previous post: A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from Greek parēlion, (παρήλιον), παρά(beside) + ήλιος(sun), “beside the sun”; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.
Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right
of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as
the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during
any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best
seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low. Source: Wikipedia
Like to see some photos? Check out MPR News: Sun dogs light up the Minnesota sky, by Michael Olson