Poetry Friday: Blizzard Edition


This day is full of bulletins / pungent with warnings / turgid with urgency.

Even the normally tranquil Oxford English Dictionary defines blizzard as “A furious blast of frost-wind and blinding snow, in which man and beast frequently perish”. Yikes. In the interest of safety, then, I am jumping offline and fleeing homeward to my bookshelves for, as is said, “I have plenty to read.”

He is a fellow New Englander and no stranger to blizzards himself, so I am grateful that Robert Frost (via The Poetry Foundation) steps up for me today:

“Dust of Snow”

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.

I am all about changed hearts and expectations unexpectedly lifted up and days that are saved. Stay safe and warm and well-read!


(“Summer Snowflake” from ashley BALSAM baz / cc by)


2 Comments to Poetry Friday: Blizzard Edition

  1. February 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    As a Texan I would assume that getting snow dropped on you would make your day worse, not better, but I guess I everyone has different opinions on the matter. Either way, this poem is beautiful in it’s simplicity. You can always count on Robert Frost for that.

  2. February 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink


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