“First Snow”….a poem

My beautiful picture

Merry Christmas!


The morning brought a first snow,

And with it wind over the mountain.

I watched snow turn to ice,

Invisible sleet hit the panes a’ hissin’.

Soon a crystal coat on tender branches—

Ghostly hands pulling to earth,

Anchoring them fast.


I depend upon the silence

Creating a space to remember,

Solitude, too, now to be shared

Only with haunts,

Or perhaps a cat or two.


Inside the comfort of crackling  wood,

Well seasoned with last year’s split,

The sweet, sharp tang of pine and oak,

The groan of a log shifting its failing weight.

I remember your boot kicking it back off the hearth,

Sparks flaring upward,

Stars enfolded by a blazing sun.


Outside the pelting sting on windows,

The howl of winter racing round eaves

Looking for attic-access between clapboards,

A hambone skeleton dance to

Shake its palsied bones warm.


Soon fading light at twilight

Suspends the day=

A cocoon of white, unfocused mystery.


The night brings a muffled benediction

Over the land,

And memory is put aside for the morrow.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010, “First Snow” originally published in “White Cranes of Heaven”, 2011, Lulu.com

This poem got some needed revisions by me this morning

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5 Responses to ““First Snow”….a poem”

  1. whippetwisdom Says:

    Wonderful poem Jane, very vivid image of Winter as we have it here now xxx


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Xenia….first thank you for reading and your comment. We don’t have snow yet….just a month ago it was very warm here…not a great Fall…but Friday it will be around 24…and with all this rain (though it’s supposed to clear out tomorrow…) I am hoping for something of snow…flakes, sleet. etc. Something to make it seem more like a proper winter! But you have snow and I am so envious!!!


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  3. whippetwisdom Says:

    After a cold few weeks the snow has been rained away and we are having very mild weather here too for the next few days, around 14C. Sending hugs 💖

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    I’ll take those hugs and raise you five!~

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