Twelve Snowy Scenes

i
Bright sun on crusty snow
Tiny twinkling jewels in motion.

ii
Snow angels, snow people
Snow forts
When building an igloo
School's not an issue.

iii
Flakes, fluffs
Fast, slow
Light, heavy, powdery, wet
Windwhipped, slanted:
Oh indiscriminate tongue
To love them all.

iv
My hound holds one paw up
Then the other
Whimpering on icy snow.
In softer snow he races wildly,
Buries himself for sheerest joy.

v
Vermont resort in January
Heated outdoor pool
Delicate snowflakes falling
On bare shoulders: sweet surprise.

vi
Whiteouts, traffic jams, accidents
Frostbite, falls, heart attacks
DANGER.

vii
Permission
To stay inside
Do nothing
While snow
Piles high outside

viii
Snow brings light
Everything’s white
Except dark trees
Whose leaves lie under

ix
Soft snow blurring hard edges
Blanketing debris and filth
Purifying the world

x
Snowy owl, white hare, arctic fox, polar bear:
Absence of color; presence vividly hiding.

xi
Deep snow
Biting, marrow-chilling cold:
Woodchucks, bears, rodents,
Skunks, raccoons
Conserving energy
Hibernating.

xii
Melting, muddy, messy, squishy, slushy, yukky
Time for Spring.

 
 Alessandra Foster

Alessandra Foster

Alessandra (Alessa) Foster originally used Wallace Stevens' title, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” as her prompt, then realized that her looking at snow is one dimensional whereas his looking is multidimensional. So with humility and admiration, she changed her title. Writing poetry is such an adventure!