Thursday, April 22, 2010

NaPoWriMo Poem #19: Late April Snowfall

(our front yard, under a thin blanket of snow)

On Wednesday morning we woke to huge flakes of snow falling, the latest snow we've experienced in our almost nine years in the Southern California mountains. This morning we woke to a near-blizzard, with snow sticking on the very wet landscape. Driving in the snow wasn't easy this morning, although the snowy landscape was simply lovely to behold.

So with Southern California snow falling this week, so very late in April, a poem was definitely in the making:

Late April Snowfall
Spiraling down
through menacing grey skies,
the flakes,
like dancers,
float and twirl,
seemingly weightless.
A late April surprise,
this snowfall--
which usually ceases
its visits by mid-March--
this spring
the wintry snow chose to spend
an extended holiday
in Southern California,
swirling to the valley floor
and alighting on my potted blue pansies,
now drooping under the snow's
icy touch.

Copyright 2010 by Susanne Barrett


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