Friday, November 19, 2010

Poetry Friday: First Snow

This past Saturday, we had our first snow. In the early hours of the morning, I heard Skye's footsteps as she went from window to window to see the beautiful views. Later, I heard Felix exclaim, "Everyone, come here! It snowed!" I love those snowfalls that happen in the night, so that you awake to a fairy-world the next day.

Here's a little poem I found by Mary Louise Allen, titled "First Snow":

Snow makes whiteness where it falls,
The bushes look like popcorn balls.
The places where I always play,
Look like somewhere else today.


I think this is what Felix was feeling as he looked out on our backyard.

I also found this lovely poetry project which uses Flickr to randomly collect snow photos. Click here to watch the images as you hear the poem. You can even replay the poem, asking it to search for new images. The first cycle of photos I got worked really well. The words and imagery in the poem are gorgeous. You can read the poem here. You can read about the project here.

Is there snow now where you live?

You can find more poetry at Random Noodling, this week's Poetry Friday host.

5 comments:

Blythe Woolston said...

That was just an amazing adventure. Thank you so much.

Yes, we do have snow here. It's the first time it's"stuck" this year. Both I and my nine-year-old had the hardest time sleeping last night. We should have closed the bedroom curtains, but it was too wonderful to watch the world getting changed. It's going to be so hard for him to accept that it isn't quite ready for sledding yet--he's been waiting for months.

Toby Speed said...

Love that Flickr poetry project!

We haven't had any snow yet here. It's been a very mild November, so far.

Caryl said...

Blythe & Toby, thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the Flickr poem. Technology is pretty cool.

Blythe, isn't it neat to watch a kid's anticipation for new snow?

Toby, earlier that week, we had 60-degree days, so you never know!

Tabatha said...

My kids would be so joyful to have snow here, but we've had not so much as a flake.

Thanks for sharing that video. I saw that Felix Jung has made others, including a musical experimental version of Pi. He has a great imagination!

Caryl said...

Tabatha, we got more snow today! It's really pretty. We'd share if we could.

I'll have to look for more of Felix Jung's work. Thanks for posting!