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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - Thinking Snow...

December 2, 2011

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, ponderings

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During some snow days last year, my hubby and son had a little fun making a Snow Buddha.

Okay, it’s well above freezing and sunny today here in the north Georgia mountains, but there were a few flurries afoot just a few days ago. We usually eke out a handful of snow days in the season. Before you Northerners scoff at our weather wimpy-ness, remember – no one around here has chains for tires, and the cities don’t have a lot of heavy equipment. Plus, we’ll take a heavy dusting of snow or ice as an excuse to sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate. And read, read, read!
Since winter’s on its way, I thought we’d ring it in with Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882):

The Snow-Storm

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,

Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,

Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air

Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,

And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.

The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet

Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit

Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed

In a tumultuous privacy of storm.


Don’t you love that “tumultuous privacy of storm”? You can read the rest of the poem here, and cozy up to some more great poetry with Carol at Carol’s Corner for the Poetry Friday Roundup. [Which, by the way, will be HERE next week! :0) ]


  1. December 2, 2011 8:17 AM EST
    Well I have never seen a snow buddha before! Love! :) The best thing about snow in Alabama: making snow cream with the kids. Hope we get the opportunity this season. And yes, I do like the privacy of storm. Wonderful. Happy weekend!
    - Irene Latham
  2. December 2, 2011 9:07 AM EST
    Oh, I do love that image of sitting by the fireside reading. Let's proclaim a snow day, despite the fact that there is none!
    - Doraine Bennett
  3. December 2, 2011 10:16 AM EST
    Now this is the kind of snow-storm I could get to like -- no need to do any heavy shovelling, just enjoy the quiet peace.

    Love the Snow-Buddha.
    - Maria Horvath
  4. December 2, 2011 10:25 AM EST
    Irene - Happy weekend to you, too!

    Doraine and Maria - I'm with you. Raising my cup of cocoa.... ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  5. December 2, 2011 1:19 PM EST
    I love "the tumultuous privacy of storm" -- meaningful in at least two ways I can think of. Thank you for a dose of Mr Emerson today! I love the snow Buddha too.
    - Janet at Across the Page
  6. December 2, 2011 3:15 PM EST
    LOVE the Snow Buddha AND the poem. Actual snow? Not so much. ;-)
    - Cathy C. Hall
  7. December 2, 2011 4:58 PM EST
    I get all nostalgic for scenes of sitting by the fire & reading, i.e. snow days! But the actual fact is that we do get snow (like yesterday) & still must go to work (school or?) It has to be really bad to get a snow day. I loved the final line of the poem, "the frolic architecture of the snow". With a really big snow, that's it!
    - Linda Baie
  8. December 2, 2011 5:09 PM EST
    Hi, Janet! Thanks for visiting. Yes - multiple interpretations!

    Cathy - ha! This former Florida girl understands.

    Linda, you're a braver woman than I living in a cold climate. That last line of the poem was was my favorite, too.
    - Robyn Black
  9. December 2, 2011 8:50 PM EST
    I'm with everyone else -- love that snow Buddha! I made a large batch of homemade hot cocoa mix today. Now I'm ready for snow!
    - Tabatha
  10. December 2, 2011 10:20 PM EST
    Yum, Tabatha! Thanks for stopping in.
    - Robyn Black
  11. December 3, 2011 11:09 AM EST
    Come on, December! BRING IT! I'm ready for a snow day and a "radiant fireplace" with me "enclosed/in a tumultuous privacy of storm."
    - Mary Lee
  12. December 3, 2011 6:19 PM EST
    That's the spirit, Mary Lee! ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  13. December 9, 2011 2:56 PM EST
    I love your Christmas gift, your spider web, and poem. Lovely!.
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    - jone

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