Early October Snow

unnamedEarly October Snow
by Robert Haight

It will not stay.
But this morning we wake to pale muslin
stretched across the grass.
The pumpkins, still in the fields, are planets
shrouded by clouds.
The Weber wears a dunce cap
and sits in the corner by the garage
where asters wrap scarves
around their necks to warm their blooms.
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Bee Balm in her winter bonnet

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Brenda Davis Harsham at her delightful blog, Friendly Fairy Tales. Click here to visit and enjoy her wonderful photographs and poems and also the Roundup.

 

35 thoughts on “Early October Snow

  1. Thanks for sharing this chilly but lovely changing season poem Molly! I like the metaphors Robert Haight has used,
    “leaves, still soldered to their branches,”
    and
    “like a morning we pause at the mirror
    inspecting the single strand of hair
    that overnight has turned to snow.
    Many interpretations here, and your photo fits beautifully too!

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  2. A beautiful poem. The lines that made me tingle were these:
    “the black and white photo of winter
    carefully laid over the present autumn,”

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I like the image of flowers wearing snowy scarves.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      That was an image that captured me too, Rebecca, and sent me scurrying through my photo files to find that bee balm picture. Glad you enjoyed the poem and thanks for commenting.

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  4. lindabaie says:

    What beauties, Molly, poem and picture. We too had that muslim sretched across the garden. I’m long past that ‘single strand’, but it is a surprise at the end to connect the snow to that discovery.

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  5. cvarsalona says:

    I love this poem, Molly. How uncanny! I was thinking about snow today and setting my sights on what to call my winter gallery.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It’s been unseasonably warm up in Maine this fall. I love the first snowfall but also dread the continued cold–mostly because of my old drafty house and the insane cost of heating it. How impressive that you’re already in planning stages for your winter gallery! Did you come up with a name yet?

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      • cvarsalona says:

        Last year, I called the gallery, Winter Wonder. I have been speaking at conference, On the Wonder Pathway, so I think I will call the gallery Winter Wonders. It will open the gallery up to many people who experience winter with or without snow. What do you think?

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  6. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, save that photo for the winter gallery and perhaps you will write your own poem as the companion to Haight’s.

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  7. Snow in October?!? Oh my goodness…I’m not ready to let go of autumn just yet. 🙂

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    • mbhmaine says:

      No snow here yet, thank goodness! I just loved the images and the ending of this poem, so I thought I’d share. Hopefully I didn’t inadvertently invoke the Snow Spirits!

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  8. What an appropriate poem for us today with snow (definitely not sticking around) in the forecast for overnight. This poem has such lovely images–though I can relate a little too much to finding the gray hairs in the mirror. Where did they come from?

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  9. Donna Smith says:

    We have not had our muslin snow yet, but often do shortly. Hoping it holds off for a bit more. I love this poem!

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  10. So beautiful and so many great lines…this is one of my faves. Thanks for sharing!
    “The pumpkins, still in the fields, are planets
    shrouded by clouds.”

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  11. What a lovely poem–lyrical but also just the daily truth. I hope you haven’t had snow yet, though–tooooooo early!

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  12. maryleehahn says:

    Perfect timing — our first flakes fell today! No “muslin” or “dunce caps” but the flakes flew and we shivered a bit!

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  13. That is one gorgeous poem! Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  15. Molly, what a beautiful poem, like a snapshot of my youth, when it was much colder than this year. I especially liked, “we have glanced out a window /into the near future”. It feels like I’m stepping out into the near past some days, it’s so warm.

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  16. Keri Collins Lewis says:

    I love the concept, laying a photo of winter over the image of autumn — much more poetic than Photoshop. 🙂

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It made me think of those books from my childhood where you could lift plastic printed sheets to reveal new images beneath or lay them down one at a time to build on the underlying image. (Here’s hoping you have a clue what I’m talking about as I don’t think I expressed it very well! lol)

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  17. Tabatha says:

    Nice photo to go with your poem, Molly! I especially liked the same lines Sally mentioned, and the ending that was like a surprise frost 🙂

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