Black hat, grey waistcoat,
Pristine bib of white in place –
Formal banquet wear
Dust of the earth clings stubborn here,
no bath or scrubbing removes the smear;
yet snowflake’s true core is dust of the earth –
a crystallized raiment imparting true worth.
Moisture in the air condenses at cold temperatures; each flake has its beginning in a molecule of dust, and grows in beauty as it joins its brethren. A lesson here, perhaps?