Sunday, March 3, 2013


This one arrived in my email yesterday from  
 I couldn't resist it:  such wonderful descriptions of what we adults fight and argue about = snow!

This is just an excerpt of the whole poem.  
Do you remember sledding down the hills when you were a child?  
Do you remember bouncing up and down like Tigger the Tiger, 
unable to wait to be put in your snowsuit, your boots, your scarf - 
then outside with a wild whoosh (and the scarf and hat came off, 
to be stuffed in your pocket), out you went! 
On to a cold, snowy adventure!


by Naomi Shihab Nye
Once with my scarf knotted over my mouth
I lumbered into a storm of snow up the long hill
and did not know where I was going except to the top of it.
In those days we went out like that.
Even children went out like that.
Someone was crying hard at home again, 
raging blizzard of sobs.

I dragged the sled by its rope, 
which we normally did not do
when snow was coming down so hard,
pulling my brother whom I called by our secret name
as if we could be other people under the skin.
The snow bit into my face, prickling the rim
of the head where the hair starts coming out.
And it was a big one. It would come down and down
for days. People would dig their cars out like potatoes.

How are you doing back there? I shouted,
and he said Fine, I’m doing fine, 
in the sunniest voice he could muster 
and I think I should love him more today
for having used it.


Vandy said...

Wonderful view of the fun children find in every day things. We could learn so much from them!

jgr said...

I love the poem . . . and it really is cold enough for snow. 37˚ here with stiff wind. brrr!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Interesting poem with many meanings in it. I am lucky to have known a number of poets and always marvel at the ability to form pictures with words.

Autumn Leaves said...

I love snow! Supposedly we're in for about 8" between tonight and tomorrow but I'll believe it when I see it.

RH Carpenter said...

Yes, Vandy, children love the snow - we older folks just complain about the cold and the roads! Of course, they don't have to go out and drive or shovel the snow in the driveway or...ha ha

Jane, that IS cold there!! We are supposed to get 1-2 inches by Wednesday morning with sleet, ice, and all kinds of yuck Tuesday.

Jeanette, I used to love reading and writing poetry. Haven't done that in years - but I had so many favorites. I had a good English teacher in high school who really turned me on to it but I was reading Shakespeare when I was 12 just because I wanted to do it.

Sherry, I'm glad you love snow because it's coming your way!! I hope you don't get that much - we are supposed to get ice, sleet, snow and then about 2" accumulation. We'll see.