photo by Naomi
Snow Cat

From the window she hunts

Snowflakes riding winter winds.

She leaps!

Pinning herself to the screen

Like a snow glob stuck to the glass

Before it seeps to the floor.

Snow Boy

From the window he hunts
Snowstorms riding distant winds.

He wishes!

Pressing himself to the cold

Like a breath that fogs the glass

Before it disappears.

Snow Girl

From the window she hunts

Snow angels riding glistening winds.

She peers.

Angling herself to the glass

Like a ray of sunlight that shines bright

Before breaking into color.

Snow Dog

From the window he hunts
Snow boots trudging through frigid winds.
He dreams!
Turning away from the cold
Like a door that shuts
Before the intruder arrives.

© 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

11 replies
  1. Katya
    Katya says:

    I like your variations on the same theme… I can picture the whole family sitting and watching the snow falling, noses pressed against the window in anticipation.

  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    I love the anticipation in these poems! I live in MD, and we haven’t gotten much snow this year. My students have been waiting for a snow day!

  3. Robyn Hood Black
    Robyn Hood Black says:

    We certainly haven’t had any snow days this year in Georgia – what a warm winter it’s been! Thanks for sharing these delightful peeks into the varied expectations for snow magic.

  4. Tara
    Tara says:

    Oh, I love these…all the perspectives ring so true. May I share your poem with my students to experiment with this exercise, too?

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