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Poetry Friday: A Snow Day with No Snow to Speak of… YET!

Nearly every school in Rhode Island seems to be closed today due to the impending snow. My school is no exception. Today’s school day was called-off yesterday afternoon when the weather reports became more ‘serious.’

I woke up this morning and didn’t find any snow on the ground. However, I knew that would happen since it’s going to start around noon. (Hence the reason one of my colleagues and I are going to meet up for breakfast around 9:30 a.m.) That being said, I still thought of Billy Collins’s “Snow Day” Poem this morning and decided to post it on this snowy-to-be Poetry Friday.

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.

Click here to read the rest of the poem.

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8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A Snow Day with No Snow to Speak of… YET!

  1. I love this poem. Something about all the names of the preschools…to hear him read this one aloud is fabulous.

    I especially love “the world fallen under this falling” and his final line about the small queen.

    Thanks for reminding me of this one today!


  2. Love this poem!! This is the one day we hoped would not be a snow day, as then we would have had to do all the holiday parties in January. Perish the thought! We have an icy rain falling and are glad to be inside today. Still love this poem though!


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