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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Snowed In

Yesterday, it snowed all morning and into the afternoon. This morning, under lowered skies, it snows yet again. Emily Dickinson wrote a beautiful poem about snow in 1862 that described her winter surroundings in Massachusetts. Her wonderful poem transcends time as today it nicely depicts the picturesque snowy scene I have in front of me.

It Sifts From Leaden Sieves

It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood,
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face
Of mountain and of plain, --
Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It flings a crystal veil

On stump and stack and stem, --
The summer's empty room,
Acres of seams where harvests were,
Recordless, but for them.

It ruffles wrists of posts,
As ankles of a queen, --
Then stills its artisans like ghosts,
Denying they have been.

- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)