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Poetry Friday Roundup

This seems to be a fitting poem for today, and is a favorite of mine anytime of the year!

By Billy Collins

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows
the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.
In a while, I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I will shake a laden branch
sending a cold shower down on us both.
But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,
as glad as anyone to hear the news
that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,
the Ding-Dong School, closed.
the All Aboard Children’s School, closed,
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with—some will be delighted to hear—
the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and—clap your hands—the Peanuts Play School.
click on the title to read the rest of this wonderful poem! Thank you, Billy Collins!

Author: mnosal

I have been in education for all of my life, in one way or another. After teaching 5th grade at an urban public charter school, I have decided to return to the public schools and to literacy coaching K-5. I also teach and mentor preservice teachers.


  1. I’ve always loved this one – perfect for snow days, which is what we are enjoying today!

  2. Agreed! Thanks, Tara!

  3. Perfect pick for today!

  4. Perfect, perfect poem for today, with so many Poetry Friday contributors snowed in!! Isn’t it wonderful how Collins can find the perfect phrase (“without a single mouse to punctuate the blankness.”) And those school names! Thanks for posting it.

  5. Thanks, everyone! I love the school names, too!

  6. Great poem for today. Love the dog porpoising through snow–and how did he get from those wonderful school names to plotting the downfall of the reigning queen? Wonderful!

  7. Love the dog porpoising,too! Thanks, Buffy!

  8. Thanks, Mary! It just felt right!

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