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Snow Joy (Poem)

Snow Joy
Laura Bruno Lilly ©2020
I don’t want to gaze upon its sparkly freshness.
              I don’t want to observe.

I don’t want to talk about it or take pictures of its transformative effect upon the common everyday landscape.

I don’t want to sit in warmth and take in the frosty view through my studio picture window.

              I want to leap and dive and splash about.

              I want to be in it.
To be clear, this is not me, but an unknown kindred spirit!

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  1. Khaya Ronkainen

    A delightful poem that invites one to go and play outside. 🙂

    p.s. Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog, I appreciate your comment, too!

    • laura bruno lilly

      High praise from a poetess such as yourself…thank you for stopping by, Khaya.

  2. tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles and smiles

    I love the poem and the little gif with it! It recently snowed here and it is like -2 below in Colorado but I am trying to embrace this part of winter (smile). Your poem was a perfect thing to read while I sip my tea and try to stay warm today!

    • laura bruno lilly

      …plus snuggling in all your cozy quilts!

  3. Jennie

    Delightful, Laura. I love your poem, and your spirit.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Jennie! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the Aqua Room and of course, Gloria.

  4. deborahbrasket

    Love it! Your poem and the joyful woman.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sweet release…ya know?

  5. Katharine Weinmann

    Here on the prairies, where I make home, we’ve been under a “polar vortex” for a week and more, temperatures at 20 below and then some with the wind. Even though it’s snowing, not the nicest day to be playing in it, but next week, when a new system blows in, and it warms up, I’ll be cross county skiing.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh I **am** envious. I haven’t been cross country skiing in like forever. Enjoy!
      Thanks for stopping by, Katharine.

  6. Lavinia Ross

    I am more of an observer of snow, but I can appreciate the beautiful poem and your reveling in the fresh, frosty landscape. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      …my deep desire to revel in the snow…there’s no snow slated for South Carolina during this current wave of storms crossing the Midwest and ones sweeping through from Texas to the mid-Atlantic states.
      Thanks for the kudos, though!

  7. snakesinthegrass2014

    I can appreciate the feeling of missing out on something. But then I remember how much I hate the cold, so I’m not sure I could dance in it. But I do remember doing so as a young pup. Stay limber, Laura! 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      I like the cold when I can control it…or at the very least know that after a long romp in the snow I’d be coming back to a warm & cozy home and a mug of hot cocoa! HA! Yep, kinda glorifying it all, aren’t I?

  8. Ally Bean

    I like your attitude. Follow your heart, just make sure to wear mittens and boots, ok?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Somehow I knew you’d be the one to feel the attitude in my little poem. Yessiree, Ms Bean!

  9. marissthequilter

    Comment No 2. I only read every one else’s comments after I had posted mine. I am sorry you are missing out on the snow, but glad to know you are dancing imaginatively

    • laura bruno lilly

      Imagination looms larger in these days of the Pandemic and I intend on not losing that life-line!!!!

  10. marissthequilter

    Lovely, precise poem about experiencing the real thing, Laura.
    Trust that if it did snow for you you did go out and do a happy dance. Ha.

    • laura bruno lilly

      These days – if it happens, I will dance!

  11. cedar51

    It’s like Autumn leaves that gather themselves in heaps – be scooted through, to be picked up and flung into the sky to rain down upon ones head, to watch birds scattering and looking for a delicacy, to watch them decay bit by bit on the sidewalks or the parklands

    that’s because I don’t have any snow either to twirl about in…

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yessss! More my favorite thing to do than snow dancing. And much more available in different climates!
      Thanks for stoppng by, Catherine.

  12. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet

    Love the poem, Laura. Wonderful spirited way to enjoy nature! <3 <3 <3

    It doesn't snow here, so I have to be content with childhood memories of playing in the snow. I have to be satisfied with splashing barefoot in puddles, which I still love doing! 🙂 Have a great day!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ah yes, puddles. I re-lived that back when the kids were little. It seems if there was a puddle to stomp in during a walk, they’d find it!

  13. Laura

    Speaking for myself (and maybe a few others) , I really need to let the child in me out a lot more often. Great poem, Laura! 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      I have a sticky note on the wall behind my desk that I put up at the beginning of the Pandemic: “Laura has permission to play!” Thought I’d share that with you, another Laura.

      • Laura

        Love it! 🙂

  14. Jane's Heartsong

    We have some snow outside and I will go and play after about a 20-degree rise. I want to take some photos.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ohhhh Jane! I can’t wait to see the fruits of your Snow Romping labor!

  15. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections

    For forth and enjoy a snowy frolic!

    • laura bruno lilly

      It’s funny how many think the gif is me and the poem is my current ‘reality’. In truth, like I mentioned to Joe in sunny AZ:
      “I wish I could…the gif is not me and the poem reflects my own yearnings while the rest of the country is swathed in snow!”
      Didn’t mean to ‘fool you’ but I guess I ‘gotchya’ anyways!

  16. zippyquilts

    I admire your ability to write poetry! However, my memory of snow is of living in “darkest Northern Maine” where we got 150″ a year, so I’m done with it.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh I don’t think I could do the ‘arctic winter night’ type thing – snow or no snow. But still, Maine sounds like a cool place to live…

      • zippyquilts

        Honestly, there were a lot of good things about it.

  17. Joseph Finnerty

    It snowed in Phoenix recently, so rare an event that the 5th largest city in the states has no plows. The winter of 1946 I endured in Fairbanks cured me of any desire to frolic in it ever after. Glad to see you romp
    in joy.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I wish I could…the gif is not me and the poem reflects my own yearnings while the rest of the country is swathed in snow! Fairbanks, eh? You’ve been far from your roots for much of your life! You never cease to amaze!

  18. Annika Perry

    Love your post, Laura! ? Sheer unadulterated joy of snow days! Snow has that effect on me … wanting to dash out and just dance around with sheer joy. Luckily I’ve had the chance a couple of times this year and the best times are when snowflakes fall upon my face and melt with a shivery tingle!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sounds delightfully carefree!

  19. petespringerauthor

    Some of my best memories are from playing in the snow as a kid. Thanks for that reminder, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Me too – and the snowcaves in the back yard…amazing we didn’t get clobbered!

  20. Janis @

    Meanwhile, I’ll be frolicking in our sunshine… it’s much easier to frolic when not bundled up ❄️?

  21. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    Please frolic in the snow for me!

    • laura bruno lilly

      I wish I could…but my imagination is larger than these snowless limitations! HA! To be clear, I’m in snowless SC brazenly longing for those snowy days of home!

      • Chela's Colchas y Mas

        I’m in Texas and all excited that we will have a week of winter starting on Monday. I have not used a coat in years! We had “snow” last month and I went out to do my interpretive snow dance. I think we had 2 inches of snow.☺

        • laura bruno lilly

          Oh please – do a happy dance in my name!

          • Chela's Colchas y Mas

            We are expecting icy weather, so I certainly will dance in your name.

          • laura bruno lilly

            That prospect brings a smile to my face…let me know how it goes, Chela.

  22. L. Marie

    Leap in it! Enjoy, Laura! May God bless you!! Yay!!! ?

    • laura bruno lilly

      In my dreams…no snow machines here!
      Perhaps you’ll do a bit of leaping for me by proxy?

  23. piecefulwendy

    I well remember that feeling when I was a kid. As soon as school was canceled, we were all outdoors and sledding on the hill!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Such a sweet release!

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