You can always breathe mountain air. Thin and cold,

A streaked silk shawl flung loosely around your body.

I am blowing it through my nose now, like smoke

Billowing through a weirdly shaped chimney, like steam

From an angry Spanish bull. But this is Switzerland,

Where the Alps rise like blocks of cheese, and are speckled grey

By old, hard ice. Where shoes sink into yellow snow,

When all the tourists have gone back. To Japan, to Germany,

To some place where the air is staler, and warmer and stays

Firmly on the ground, like a corset tied tight. And as more flakes fall,

Baby powder, scaly dandruff, you wonder where

That postcard came from.