This is schnee that has
reached the next level
and become eis.
No longer just a children's
plaything, an ill-advised
snack, this snow is now
edgy, dangerous, grown-up.
It has a real use now -
skiers in sunglasses
can check their slicked-back hair
and gain momentum to get
more air-time, even as they
waste life-time.

This is snow with a career,
a purpose,
a twelve-year-old in a suit.