PF: The Gift of a Snow Day

I’m still having fun with Alex Price’s #CinquainPrompt each day. Today’s prompt was “mine” and my response came quite easily:

Snow day!
I rise early
watch the snowflakes drift, fall
A sudden luxury of time…
All mine

©Molly Hogan

I can’t remember when we last had a snow day. What a gift! I have all sorts of noble intentions, but keep finding myself drawn outside to take photographs, to watch the birds, to tilt my head back and watch the flakes appear as if by magic from the grey sky.

The gift of time
as surely as snowflakes falling
transforms the day

©Molly Hogan

flocking robins
layer snow-laden limbs
living collage

©Molly Hogan

I’m so thankful.

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Marcie Flinchum Atkins at her blog. Be sure to stop by and check out her post, which shares her book, some companion books, and a new haiku. The Poetry Friday community is always a gift!

31 thoughts on “PF: The Gift of a Snow Day

  1. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Enjoy your snow day! It looks like it was quite productive in the things that matter—rest and nature and art.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    The stark white snow against the bright red of your house is beautiful. Your poems reflect the quiet of a snow day. I love “living collage” as a title for the photo of the birds.

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  3. Susan T. says:

    These really do capture the essence of a snow day. We haven’t had any here yet. (I’m not a teacher, but I do take a snow day when I can!) Those are pretty photos, too.

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  4. Beautiful snow, colors, and images—in snowy Chicago this winter I saw a robin sit on a branch, a living statue, for at least half an hour. Your photo and poem reminded me…Love the image of nature’s collage…

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  5. jama says:

    How lovely to read your poems and gaze at those beautiful photos. Magical!!

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  6. Linda Mitchell says:

    How beautiful. How perfect. I’m so glad you had a snow day.

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  7. What an inspiring and calming treat your post is, I’m glad you had a snow day too, indulged in that “luxury of time…” and shared it all with us. And that’s a lovely “living collage” haiku, thanks for all Molly!

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  8. Snow days are the coolest. 😉 Just. Like. You.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Bridget! I was wondering how snow days work in other countries. I know some schools just move to remote teaching. I’m so thankful our school district hasn’t chosen to do that!

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  9. lindabaie says:

    Like always, I love your words & the photos, too, Molly. We had a ‘first’ snowday this week, too. There was lots of celebrating!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Linda! We managed to get another snow day on Monday and a delay Tuesday morning. Wow! Tonight they’re forecasting another 6 inches or so, so we’ll see what happens. This one is due to turn to rain though 😦 Ick.

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  10. So much I love here, especially the “luxury of time” and the double meaning of “flocking robins.”

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  11. maryleehahn says:

    Hooray for a snow day! But inquiring minds want to know…how much snow did you get and what did you BAKE?

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Sorry to leave you hanging! I think we got about 5-6 inches on Friday. Sunday/Monday’s storm dumped almost 12 inches!!! Friday’s baking was a “Kentucky butter cake”–meh–and Monday’s was oatmeal-craisin-dark chocolate cookies–Yum!!! What’s a snow day without baking!?

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  12. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, I rest in the spirit of snow while thinking of more tropical weather for my upcoming trip to Disney with the grandgirls and family. There is something about the beauty of a snow day that imparts rest and inspiration. The gift of time poem is absolutely lovely. Thanks for letting me “just be” peaceful.

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  13. I need a snow day when the world just stops! We had a whole week with a big storm last year, but nothing yet this year. 😦 These are lovely poems.

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  14. “living collage” indeed! I do the same thing – walk thru boughs laden with snow and try to capture the gasp in a photo. Sometimes it works, as yours have – BEAUTIFUL!

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  15. rosecappelli says:

    Thanks you for sharing your lovely photos and verse. Snow days are magical! They had a different meaning when I was still teaching, but there is still something special about knowing you have a whole day to just be and enjoy. Still waiting for one this year.

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  16. Laura Shovan says:

    Your line “a sudden luxury of time” makes me take in a deep breath. Snow has a way of saying “slow down.”

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