Welcome to Pre-weekend Poetry… yes, PRE-weekend! I’ve been getting so many poems sent to me that I’d started booking May which was great but not fair on the authors to wait so long and I’m sure you’d love to read more than one poem a week. So, for now, I’ll be running them on Fridays and Mondays. 🙂
Without further ado, here is the sixty-second poem in this poetry series, this week seeing the return of poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd.
The Wonder of Snow
A carpet of pure
sparkling untouched snow
Covering the grass and trees
Out into the radiance I must go
I am a child once again
I leap from my bed
Tugging on extra socks
A hat for my head
Winter gloves and scarf
My wellington boots
Out I go
into the crunching virgin snow
An adventurer once again
I am alive
at dawn in the crisp,
crunching virgin snow
Stumbling along I gaze about
Slipping and skidding I stop and stand still
Watching the small avalanches
cascading away down the hill
The snow is still falling
in a blizzard of white
Whipping my face
and biting with spite
I bend my head to shield myself
Forging onwards through the storm
It is both beautiful and dangerous
as the drifts begin to form
I am the only human being
up high on the hill
All other signs of life are gone
Just me standing here still
But despite the freezing cold
that accompanies the snow
I cannot hide my joy
Smiling as the winds blow
Nothing beats the sound
the crunch of my feet
Leaving my footprints behind
Not a soul do I meet
The sound of snow dripping
cracking and slipping to mush
Part of me is gone when the snow melts
Leaving only grey dirty sludgy slush
Thank you, Ruth.
Ruth works as a freelance copywriter and marketing communications professional in Buckinghamshire. She writes company case studies and copy edits brochures and websites. She also writes regular articles and features about living with allergies and food intolerances. Her allergy blog, www.whatallergy.com, was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs in the UK in 2011 and she is one of the guest judges at the Free From Food Awards 2012. You can read some more of her writing here.
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