Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jone at Check It Out, so please go over to check all the poems out!
There are a number of connections to this post today for Poetry Friday. February is our second snowiest month in the Denver, Colorado area. March is traditionally the snowiest, so there is more to come! We have had a lot of snow this February, and today, the 23rd, is another snowy day. We’re supposed to have 4-6 inches, not the blizzard of earlier in the month, but still a messy day to drive, although beautiful when viewed out the window. Wednesday, yesterday, was 65 degrees! Our weather continues to be topsy-turvy, and never boring.
At school I seem to be the person with whom poems are shared. Everyone knows how much I love poetry, and recently a friend sent me a snowy poem by a teenager. The day today made me remember it again. It opens with these words:
Deep in the night it comes
Covering footprints of summer
Purifying the landscape of the year’s sins
The rest of this snowy poem can be found here.
I love that there are places now online where our students can publish. Teen Ink is one of those sites and it’s been a marvelous pleasure to past students when they had something published outside of regular school, whether online, in a print or online magazine, like Stone Soup, or for a contest. Today, teachers can help even further by setting up classroom blogs or by using Posterous or one of the other online applications for sharing. Writing to an audience, other than the teacher or classmates, has rarely been easier. And knowing one has an audience to write for is empowering to the writer. Even though we tell ourselves we are writing for ourselves, having someone read the words, and respond to them is nice, smile-making, motivating.
A few other snowy poems in which you might find a favorite are by
Billy Collins – Snow Day “Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,”
Claude McKay – The Snow Fairy “Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,/
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Mary Oliver – Snow Geese “Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!”
Wallace Stevens – The Snow Man “One must have a mind of winter”
Ralph Waldo Emerson - The Snow Storm – “Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,”
I imagine you have a favorite too that I haven’t listed.
Thus, I share a snowy poem from Teen Ink. I especially enjoyed this young poet’s words about life slowing down in order to observe things around us more closely. Before I begin again that yearning toward spring, I think I will stop and enjoy the beauty of this snowy day.