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POEM: A Snowflake Garden

January 22, 2014

 

A Snowflake Garden

 

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

 

 

For my winter garden,

I planted just a few snowflakes.

How they grew and multiplied!

With my shovel,

I transplanted some of them;

and they keep growing higher and higher.

 

From Mother Nature’s Nursery,

from one little seed of snow,

so much continues

to grow and grow.

The gray clouds and bitter wind,

the Polar Vortex and other such Arctic masses

have just been perfect for The Massa Snow Garden.

 

Would you like some seedlings of snow?

A snowflake garden has no weeds to pull,

no bugs or winter worms.

 

Dressed in my Alaska attire,

I tend to my bountiful harvest,

almost every day.

Still the snowflakes spread

like the most fertile of ground covers

to rival the summerside’s phlox and vincas.

 

Working in my snowflake garden,

I look toward the sky

and want to shout to Mother Nature:

“Enough already!

Tell all those angels

to stop crocheting snowflakes!”

How can such delicate, tiny works of art

amass to such a splendid mess?

 

No, no, I am channeling

my inner Snow-Angel attitude

and spreading some January Joy.

My mid-winter mantra is as follows:

I do not want to escape the Frozen Tundra!

I do like my little snowscape!

I like my snowflake garden!

 

Now, as I, in a more mellow mood,

continue to shovel,

to cultivate the delicate snowflakes of my garden,

I sing:

“Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, SNOW!”

 

 

Yours (almost) truly,

Alice in Snowland

 

January 22, 2014, Wednesday

 

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5 Comments
  1. Hi Alice, I’m glad you have such a positive outlook on snow. Here in Wyoming, it has snowed, melted, froze, and melted, and as a result, I could put up a sign in my driveway that says, “Welcome to Taylor’s Ice Rink. $20.00 an hour. Bring your own skates.” Frankly, I’m getting sick of the ice and can’t wait for spring. Happy winter.

  2. What a delightful poem, Alice! You have certainly made the harsh Wisconsin winter turn into images of joy and optimism. Take care of yourself and Zoe–spring draws nearer every day.
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–According to the information which I received from Word Press, your comment was number 200! You do not receive a prize, but you do receive my thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. AZ

  3. Paula Lumb permalink

    Simply delightful! Don’t think I’ll look at snow the same, ever again! Hope you get a break soon.

    • Hi, Paula–What a nice comment! Yes, today was our one better day–the high was 31 degrees, but the low tonight will be six. This afternoon brought a refresher of about two inches of snowflakes for my snowflake garden. With thanks, Alice

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