Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry! Happy!

When I arrived (after a ten hour drive) on Sunday, the temperature was -2 and the windchill was Godawful below zero. It has since warmed up to 22 this morning. But Christmas is better with snow, and there certainly is lots of it up here.

I hope all of you are warm and surrounded by folks you love and who love you. Here's my present to you all -- a view from the Lake Erie Metropark and an appropriate poem from Wallace Stevens.

The Snow Man.

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


Anonymous cooper said...

dee, that picture takes me back to my days at Goddard College and the many foot paths from the dorm to the various classrooms spread throughout the campus. I was young and stupid in those days and only mildly appreciated the beauty of that place. Happy holidays and have a safe trip back. We're going to WS on Saturday to celebrate the season with the Hathcocks. Enjoy your time with family and friends.


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