First Snow

The first snow is illuminated by the porch light.

First Snow

The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning;

an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.

The silence
is immense,
and the heavens still hold
a million candles; nowhere
the familiar things:stars, the moon,
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, the broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
creek bed lies
heaped with shining hills;

and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain-not a single
answer has been found-
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.
-Mary OliverThe neighbor's colored lights glow in the first snow.
If you look closely you can see Shelby peering out at the snow. The snowflakes are like bright round balls around the porch.


  1. ohhhhhh precious snow pictures and your curious dog through the glass.

  2. Lovely and a sign of the times that we haven't had yet.

  3. looks like you had a wonderful thanksgiving and now have your snow. christmas isn't really christmas without it, for me..although the -23c temps can leave anytime here...makes the snow difficult to enjoy..


  4. it's looking like December there!

  5. Thanks all of you for the comments. The snow just keeps coming now!


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