in pristine powder

how eerily silent
this low and permanent sky
weighed heavily in veils of gray,
that sunrise of so forsaken a faded light
announces morning from night.

falls and falls and falls
this relentless snow,
pillowing high on window sills
and muting each fresh sound it buries.
tentative voices die slow in drifts,

and this morning’s rush is
suspended in our collective complaint.
such swift surrender of steely urban arrogance,
as my skyscraper city is helplessly
brought to its knees.

yet the under world still spins
and wanders in merciless carousels
of cruel days after hungry nights,
the aimless trails of pre dawn paw prints
pattern the pristine powder.

35 thoughts on “in pristine powder

  1. beeseeker says:

    Wonderfully captured!
    many of the aspects of long snow falling.
    How long did this one take to write?

  2. hi beeseeker and ty. heh, this was one of those poems that began with a concept and ended with another all together different than i had intended, i guess a few hours of writing, and stepping away a few times until i finally listened! lol!

  3. nutsfortreasure says:


  4. omtatjuan says:

    Nice words.. We don’t get that here yet but wait for global warming we soon might.

    • ty omatajuan, and yes i worry about that possibility too.
      what a tragedy we’ve created for our children.

      • omtatjuan says:

        It hasn’t rained here in a long time. California will dry up but who cares Lindsey Lohan is again in recovery or is it Keisha. The media hardly mentions serious stuff and reports the drivel.

  5. wunderwench says:

    Winter’s melancholia captured well, or maybe it’s just me feeling that way 🙂 either way, it is a beautiful writing and painted a picture in my mind. Happy to see you have survived the holidays.

  6. Beautifully penned, as usual. Happy New Year, by the way, to you and your family. So good to be back home and reading you once more.

  7. E.D. says:

    nice image too. Do you use your own photos?

    • hi E.D. and ty. i sometimes do but this one i found said all i wanted it to say.
      so glad to see you’ve begun a photo blog, you’re captures are quite beautiful.

      • E.D. says:

        thanks so much for the compliment. I have been blogging for sometime but had not bothered with w.p. circles. I’d relied on google also others search engines and yahoo for readers. However, w.p. is difficult to join, so feedback was thin.. (although the blog was doing just fine.) I decided to join w.p. circles and learned to use the reader only recently. I realized then, most blogs were of the artistic kind and thought perhaps a photo blog would be a nice addition.. Thank you for the encouragement. I see you liked my last post (the coming of ships.) but your like does not show on the blog!!! Perhaps being knew, the glitches have jet to be sorted. The new blog is pretty tough to use.. 😦 (Your blog is very nice.) You have many admirers i see. Have you been blogging long? best eve

      • you are most welcome, your photos have a ‘Flemish painterly quality’ that i’m drawn to.

        a word of caution on using the only Reader (i don’t) but others have complained that posts
        from blogs they follow for some reason and with no notice, don’t show up in the Reader. i only use
        the e mail notifications for new posts and comments and i don’t think i’ve missed much. ty for your
        compliments about my blog, it’s simple, hopefully easy to find your way around and i’m still amazed
        i have this many friends in only 9 months of blogging.

      • E.D. says:

        oh, the likes are now appearing.. I have worked all day on trying to create the blog to be the way I want it to be.. My eyes are rolling around and around with eye stain. lol – Word press is pretty complicated nowadays. did not use to be.. ha!

      • LOL! yes, it was very tricky for me when i began as well E.D. there is a lot of trial and error involved,
        but once you get the hang of it i think you’ll find it pretty easy to navigate. you’re fortunate, WP just
        upgraded their platform and template page so you won’t have to learn all over again!

  8. rjl2727 says:

    very nice write!! winter gray, so indicative of our inner pain and loneliness. the weather just serves to remind us how miserable things can be, and yet life goes on around us. very good.

  9. Noora says:

    This was a fantastic read – i felt each word!! You’re an incredible poet, my friend!! That’s all 🙂

  10. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I only have a freezing night no snow..
    you have made feel and see the snow I sorely miss…
    Thank you….Hope your New Year was you wished it to be…
    and I wish you and yours the Best of what is yet to Be…
    Take Care…You Matter…

    • no snow? oh, i want to be where you are then lol! heh, our temp. just plummeted to -15,
      the only sound i hear in this huge city is an occasional spinning tire. gratefully i’m off on Mondays!
      and ty maryrose, yes, the best of what is yet to be for us both!

  11. Ah yes I see the beauty and your SADness in this dear friend so wishing you some sunshine today. I worry too about animals exposed the the extreme elements as well as people without a home… makes me remember no matter how bad things are…they could be much worse.

    Luckily for me when i was homeless in was in a state that had no snow.

    • the fresh cat and bunny tracks were right outside my front door this morning,
      seeing them inspired this poem. i began to write about those less fortunate than we,
      i just can’t imagine true homelessness in any weather, how brave you are Melanie to
      put yourself back on your feet after experiencing that. my SADness pales by comparison.

  12. Welcome back, friend… I haven’t seen you around … This poem/prose has a snow fall rhythm ~ slow, sleepy and a sense of waiting for warmth. Did you ever receive my attachment/ song? Hope your holidays were historical in/for your family dear friend ~ Faithfully Debbie

  13. Mary says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking many of my paintings much appreciated. I’m looking forward to browsing through your blog – your photography and writing are very powerful.

    • you are most welcome Mary, and a warm welcome to you too. yes i loved your paintings,
      as a former painter i really appreciate the layered techniques you use to such great effect.
      i haven’t painted in quite a while but i am starting to get the itch to draw again, so i’m looking
      forward to a very fruitful relationship. and ty so much for your kindness, encouragemnet goea
      a long way here.

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