This seems to be a fitting poem for today, and is a favorite of mine anytime of the year!
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 windowsthe government buildings smothered,schools and libraries buried, the post office lostunder the noiseless drift,the paths of trains softly blocked,the world fallen under this falling.In a while, I will put on some bootsand step out like someone walking in water,and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,and I will shake a laden branchsending 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 teaand listen to the plastic radio on the counter,as glad as anyone to hear the newsthat 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 Schoolthe 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!
January 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm
I’ve always loved this one – perfect for snow days, which is what we are enjoying today!
January 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Agreed! Thanks, Tara!
January 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Perfect pick for today!
January 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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.
January 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm
Thanks, everyone! I love the school names, too!
January 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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!
January 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Love the dog porpoising,too! Thanks, Buffy!
January 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Thanks, Mary! It just felt right!