Friday, January 26, 2018

Poetry Friday: Snow Day, by Billy Collins

I love the lacy, drapey patterns the winds gave us. 

Though for us, it was more than a day; it was a snow week. We went to sleep Sunday night, wondering if we'd actually be hit with the predicted blizzard. A "revolution of snow" later (fourteen inches), we had our answer. School canceled for Atticus (for three days!) college classes canceled for Betsy, library closed for Anne-with-an-e, and Green Gables Homeschool? Shut down tight for Ramona and me. 

Like my beloved Billy Collins, we were willing prisoners in our house. The dog indeed "porpoised through the drifts" and obviously, as the sun rose on today, Poetry Friday, there was only one poem I could turn to. 

Snow Day
by Billy Collins

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,

(Read the rest here, at The Poetry Foundation.)


The round up today is at Beyond LiteracyLink


tanita✿davis said...

I woke last night to rain pounding on the roof. We don't get the "grandiose silence of snow" here (nor any snow days, dagnabbit) but it's so lovely to hear about... as long as one doesn't have to live a willing prisoner longer than one likes!

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

Love the Collins poem, and love the celebration of snow.

jama said...

Fab poem!! Pretty pics -- snow is great when you can stay inside and just watch. :)

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Love the emotion in this poem, especially the ending! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love the litany of nursery school closings, which was always fun to listen to, before school closings went online.

Mary Lee said...

What would Poetry Friday be without Billy Collins?!? What would a "revolution of snow" be without this poem?

Whispers from the Ridge said...

Neat images! Splendid Billy Collins poem to go with them.

Ruth said...

I'd much rather read about it than experience it! I'm glad you are enjoying it, though! (And I always love Billy Collins.)

Molly Hogan said...

This was one of the first Billy Collins' poems I ever encountered and I was enchanted by the dog porpoising through snow. Still am! Thanks for sharing.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Such wry humor to savor on a snow day! And, "listening hard/in the grandiose silence of the snow" - ahhhh.
Thanks for sharing, and stay cozy!

Carol Varsalona said...

Karen, your post speaks of the celebration of a snow week where life stands still in the quiet of the home. Thanks for the Collins' poem to linger over and for the beautiful photos of the snow. I especially like the lacy patterned snow photo. Might you be interested in composing a poem or inspirational quote to accompany that one for my winter gallery?

Kay said...

Yes, a celebration of snow! I still get excited for snow. I've learned to drive in it when I have to, but I rather like the strategy of my home state (NC)--just close everything and stay home to enjoy it.