Winter Dreaming

 

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,   
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,   
and beyond these windows

 

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost   
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

 

In a while, I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,   
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,   
and I will shake a laden branch
sending a cold shower down on us both.

 

But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,   
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.   
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,   
as glad as anyone to hear the news…
 
“Snow Day” by Billy Collins
 
 I am not usually a large reader of poetry but I like this one. It fits perfectly with my current state of mind.
 
I am longing for a snow day. A real one with snow so thick and wet even the city buses refuse to move. Snow days, the good ones, force us to stop, force us to celebrate, force us to take a step away from routine. They are bonus days, little gifts from nature when things get so frenzied we don’t have time to think. Or at least, we don’t think we have time to think. Snow days show us we have all the time we could ever need if only we would snatch it. Snow days give us perspective.
 
I am longing for a snow day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if one will arrive here any time soon.

29 thoughts on “Winter Dreaming

  1. Since I teach school, I always hope for one or two snow days, but not too many! I agree, it is like a gift from nature, and a chance to just recharge your batteries and enjoy being in a little coccoon world!

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    • Exactly! This time of year especially, I feel like I need it.

      Schools in my city shut down on the regular during the winter. Last year they even had to run an extra week because of all the snow days.

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  2. Oh, I love this- especially the last stanza (is it a stanza? Is that what they call a paragraph in poetry?)
    This makes me want to put on some cozy wool socks and put on a kettle of water to boil . . .

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    • I think that’s what they call it. Oh, high school English, don’t desert me now!

      Eek! Speaking of kettles, thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Well, we just had two snow days…and yes, it was wonderful. I even like it when the power goes out (but not for too long). Then there is no noise and you can really have down time. Wrap up in a down comforter and get a roaring fire going, crack open a good book.
    Pure bliss.

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    • I don’t mind the power going out either for a little while. In September when Hurricane Earl whipped through we lost power for almost two days. It was annoying but kind of fun at the same time. It forced us to be creative and connect more with our neighbours.

      A fire would be wonderful. 🙂

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    • Now if I lived in Sydney I don’t think I’d care one bit about snow. Lucky!

      I’m not sure. It was a photo my friend sent from Victoria, BC. Cities normally turn off their fountains before it gets cold but since they rarely get ice there, I guess Victoria didn’t and that’s what happened. I thought it looked pretty.

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  4. I love a good snow day, but unfortunately where I live, there is not usually enough to cause a real snow day, and enough to make for a stressful disaster of a commute….so, now I only hope for weekend snow days.

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    • That sucks. See, no, I don’t want the kind of snow that makes driving a nightmare but isn’t deep enough to cause a city-wide shut down. I’m thinkin’ all or nothing right now. 🙂

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    • So it’s not just Nova Scotia then, I guess. The North Atlantic is just a snow-free zone. I’m hoping this will change come December. It’s not the holiday season without it.

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  5. SAME. HERE. It seems like every other blogger out there is writing about the beautiful snow and we haven’t gotten any here yet! Pout.

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  6. I was born and reared in Minnesota and South Dakota. Now, living in SE Missouri, I miss the snow but not the cold. Here we get ice storms – very scary. When the power goes out, I sleep on the couch with about 4-5 dogs laying along my body :). Body heat- mmmmmgood. Working at a hospital, if I am scheduled to work, I need to get in, snow or ice…then, I need to get home to care for the pack. I loved running in blizzards in SD and driving in snow in MN…..but if I weren’t in MO, I wouldn’t have my rescue pack :). The poem is exquisite – thank you.

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    • We get ice storms, too. Mostly in January. I agree they are not fun at all, more scary than pretty.

      Dogs are the best insulation there is. When it is cold Shiva becomes my personal heat pump.

      I hope your winter is mild then, driving in ice is not a good time.

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    • I didn’t used to think I would miss it either. While I hate the freezing cold, if the temperatures are just hovering around the freezing point with some gigantic snowflakes in the air, it’s just about perfect for this time of year. I wouldn’t give up those moments for anything.

      Then again, a year full of nothing but sunshine sounds pretty nice right now.

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  7. I don’t have any snow here and unfortunately I won’t have it here at all in my life as long as I live here.
    I love those snowy pictures and I always find them a bit too unreal sometimes. I love to read blogging friends talk about their love and woes of snow.
    Rosie just told me that it’s snowing in her area right now and it’s getting heavier and it’s so beautiful. It’s so quiet there that they could only hear the music in the school because the snow is so quiet!!!
    Of course, Rosie is also hoping the snow is getting heavier enough so the teachers can’t come tomorrow : )

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