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Snowy Abecedarian

February 2, 2022

Snow-covered Abecedarian

A-to-Z poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

Angels are crocheting too many snowflakes!

Blizzard warnings become bomb cyclone.

Come, Mother Nature, with your snowscaped fury.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds settle cozily inside.

Evergreen branches work hard to hold all the snow.

Fireplaces’ warmth and fragrance bring forth family and friends.

Gray clouds hang low and disperse the lacy snowflakes.

Home, sweet home is where we all want to be on a blizzardy night.

Ice skates are set aside until the weather breaks.

Joys of “Snow Days” drift back to mind.

Kitchens hold the aroma of chili and other comfort foods.

Landscapes painted in glistening white shift and drift with the winter wind.

Mail is delayed, but does arrive somehow.

Neighbors check on one another by old and modern means.

Outdoors is a destination only of necessity.

Photograph these magical moments of winter’s harsh, but beautiful bliss.

Quiet–oh, yes, the city is so quiet in the ocean of snow.

Read away the night while our world is filled with winter.

Savour a mug of hot chocolate or warm, spiced cider.

Turn off the lights and watch the show out your window.

Understand and be grateful:  soon snowplows will come to disrupt Mother Nature’s artistry.

Visualize this velvet night as you drift off to sleep a little.

Willow and I go out into the snowy night one more time.

X marks the spot where I have cleared away some snow for her.

Yards, once taupe and gray, now sparkle under the courtyard lights.

Zoom back inside for a “Good dog, Willow” and her treat to close this snowy night.

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Enjoy the magic and wonder of winter!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow

February 2, 2022, Wednesday–Happy Groundhog’s Day!


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  1. Carole permalink

    Lovely descriptions of cold climates and winter elements, Alice–of which I sometimes miss!
    Warm and safe wishes to you and Willow!

    • Hi, Carole–Amazingly, the snow tracked south of us again; so, we have
      very little snow on the ground.  Nevertheless, we may hit minus seven
      tonight–wind chill.

          I hope all is well in Florida.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Take care–Alice and Willow

  2. Dear Alice,
    This delightful poem perfectly describes our day and evening in Arvada, Colorado, with about 10 inches of snow on the ground and a temperature at 4 degrees heading down to four below zero. A big pot of homemade cream of potato soup was our comfort food. I’m sure that Willow is as warm as toast curled up on her bed and ready for a good night’s sleep.
    Wishing you a warm and cozy night!
    Love, Mary

    • Hi, Mary–Thanks for adding your comment to this post.  Should I say
      that I am pleased that you, not Milwaukee, are having the snow?  Take
      care in all the snow!

      Talk with you soon–Alice and Willow

  3. joanmyles permalink

    Lovely depiction of all sides of snowy weather.
    I especially love the personal touches…you clearing a spot for Willow; and zooming back inside to reclaim your home’s warmth.
    Stay cozy, dear Alice!

    • Oh, Joan–These thoughts are from other winters as we, in Milwaukee,
      have had little snow, thus far during this season. Thanks so much for
      taking the time to read this abecedarian, giving it a “like,” and
      sending such a nice comment!

      Happy February!

      Best–Alice and Willow

  4. Susan M. McKendry permalink

    Enjoyed reading this poem. As my dad used to say, “It hits the nail on the head.” We don’t have much snow here except for what has been piled into a very high bank along the barn. Your descriptions are beautiful, and ever the conscientious handler, you think of Willow first.–Sue

    • Hi, Sue–This poem certainly comes from reflections of other winters as
      we have had so little snow this season.  I so enjoyed your comment about
      Willow.  Always a treat to hear from you! JEOPARDY is certainly keeping
      us entertained this winter.

      Take care, and thanks–Alice and Willow

  5. Gina Amerman permalink

    Happy winter Alice! I so enjoyed your poem! The headlines of last Sunday’s newspaper read
    “SNOW DROUGHT” I’d never heard that term before! Well, Mother Nature promptly summoned a blizzard to central Indiana! Snow Drought averted! It’s beautiful to look at-and oh so quiet…Stay cozy and warm with Willow.
    Take care, Gina

    • Happy February!  Gina–How wonderful to hear from you again on my
      WORDWALK!  How nice to have a comment from a Hoosier friend! Thank you! 
      Yes, I have heard about all the snow in your area. Amazingly, Milwaukee
      has missed much of the snow, thus far this season.  As I write this, we
      are finally getting some lake-effect snow that has been promised, but
      not delivered for quite a while.

         Hoping all is going very well for you and yours!

      Take good care–Alice and Willow

  6. Hi Alice, this is Rebeca. I am in a few writing groups with you. what a beautiful and comforting poem.
    I did not grow up in the snow but listening to that poem made me feel right at home.
    I would also like to congratulate you on doing such a great presentation about behind our eyes. Everyone in that group sounds super busy but the work has definitely been paying off.

    • Welcome, Rebeca, to WORDWALK! I am so pleased that you signed up to follow my weekly blog. Also, I greatly appreciate your very nice comment which I will share with Joan and Annie, both of whom presented with me. Since you have not lived in a snowy area, I found your response to my abecedarian especially interesting.
      Good luck with your writing endeavors!
      Alice and Leader Dog Willow

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