∼ Porch roof dripping Pling Snow hills rolling, Roiling Huge sticky mounds, Pounds Weigh down shovel, Muscle Strain and pant, Can't Stop, I need no plow, Now Moving mountains, Tons Of sticky snow. Push, slide, release, Repeat Legs plunge in to knees, Seize Moment to fall, Call Angel wings rise then fall, Call Childhood games echo, Memento Heart beats strong, Song Of blood and breath, Breathless Gaze into winter sky. Closed eyes savour red light, Bright Ice cold seeps, Creeps Into aching sinews, Blue And white massage, Message Of snowy berth, Earth Sending strength from below, Oh! Joy of rest, Best When heaving snow.
If you reached this far in the post, you get to read about the story behind this poem. On Tuesday, there was a huge blizzard that dumped a winter’s worth of snow all in one day. When I stepped out my door Tuesday evening, I fell into the snow up to my knees and I am not a short person. I did some minimal clearing that night, but the real work began next day and unfortunately, I had to work for two hours with heavy sticky snow. That evening I put in some more time–by then, the temperature had dropped, making the snow easier to handle.
My reference to blue in the poem is not a flight of fancy. When I gazed into holes in the snow, I observed blue light. I looked up the phenomena and learned that deep snow absorbs the red end of the spectrum, thus emitting blue light. Surface snow reflects all light and thus appears white. I never noticed that before!
For those who did not grow up in a snowy place, children (and sometimes, adults) make snow angels by lying in the snow, moving arms up and down; and legs in and out. My skirt in the picture was a bit messed up because the snow was deep and I had to lean forward to get up.
My odd little poem is an Echo Verse attempt in response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #18. The form originated centuries ago, in the 1600’s I believe. Every second line provides an echo of the last syllable of the previous line. I may have ‘cheated’ because I didn’t close each stanza with an echo. Jane provided this reference as an introduction to the form: Echo Verse.
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