Snowetry, Day 1

Snowetry:  Poetry about snow.  Most often read and meditated on by people in southern parts of the United States that gaze longingly at leaden skies and wonder why they have freezing cold weather, cold rain, but no snow.

Dust of Snow

By Robert Frost


The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

This poem, light, airy, cool, and refreshing, captures the impact of a small, unexpected action.  A mere bird, a crow, sitting on a limb happens to shake a bit of loose snow, something so light as to be called dust of snow, onto the person.  Insignificant, but commanding a moment’s attention and, like all poetic experiences, totally mind and mood changing.  If there were to be a didactic tag-on line, it would tell us to look, to be aware, to see, and to expect something, something God-sent, to change our perspective.

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