Poem: Snow Day for WalkAshland

snow in Ashland.

Poem: Snow Day for WalkAshland

12 hours of snow, still coming down.

Stay cozy inside or go out?

A poem for you.

Waking up in our house,
on the large spinning body called Earth,
feels cozy every morning,
rain or shine, hot or cold.

This morning feels different.
Light snow fell through the night,
now coats each branch and leaf,
each square inch
of dirt, deck and path
with a blanket of piled powder white.

I want to stay warm inside
as the cold, fluffy white, cottony flakes
drift and fall from the sky.

I also want to run outside
to knock snow off branches – 
like the squirrels jumping 
from one snow-covered oak to another,
scattering puffs of white in their wake.

I want to explore our frosty town
with auto and snow boots and camera,
to photograph every public artwork – 
every artful color and shape blanketed, softened
and seen anew, 
seen with snow day freshness.

No, I will linger a bit longer,
appreciating the frozen white world
from my spot under a blanket on a cozy white sofa.

Then surfaces my new urge to zip around town
on slippery white roads
to photograph every Ashland Tree of the Year,
transformed today by nature’s paintbrush
that has been dipped in a huge can of white paint.

There is still half a cup of warm chai tea
in my morning mug.
As I sip, the window view is enough.
My exploring and zipping can wait.
Today, I rest in appreciation of snow day stillness.
Today, my WalkAshland readers will have to settle
for a poem.

Note: Photo of snow-covered Grizzly Peak seen through snow-frosted oak branches, as seen from my “cozy house.”
  • Deb Milan
    Posted at 22:20h, 28 December Reply

    Got a kick out of your picture measuring the snow with your yard stick. I’ve also been measuring snow here in Seattle with a yardstick for decades. I also use a poster to record the date in the picture. Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing your views of Ashland! Also, nice poem.

  • Margaret Wallar
    Posted at 13:33h, 28 December Reply

    Just beautiful, like your photographs.
    Thank you!

  • Donna Rose
    Posted at 12:49h, 28 December Reply

    Peter, thank you so much for the creative, poetic imagery. Being snowed in prompts me to relax and enjoy the “magical” white scenery. Plus, we certainly need the snow.

  • Nan
    Posted at 11:15h, 28 December Reply

    Love this.

  • Wendy Eppinger
    Posted at 19:29h, 27 December Reply

    Lovely I feel the same way Plus being so grateful for the snow and the wet because we need it so much

  • Debbie Pool
    Posted at 17:19h, 27 December Reply

    It was a perfect snow day to stay cozy and warm, Peter!

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