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Poetry Snow Day Friday!


It’s Friday, what poem are you reading?

Thanks to Reading to the Core this week for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup

I always love the chance to read and share this Billy Collins’ poem on an actual snow day! I hope you enjoy it, wherever you are:

Snow Day

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.
(Read the rest at the Poetry Foundation


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. HA! I love how he starts with the snow, but gets right to the heart of it–the school closings–and then to the heart of school–the big and little dramas that happen on the playground.

  2. I love this! The hot topic of conversation at lunch today was whether or not the weather would bring a snow day tomorrow–for the first day back after winter break. The forecast calls for rain, but the ground is frozen and it all depends on just how much the air warms or not. I’m glad I don’t have to be out and about tomorrow.

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