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First Snow
by J.A. Aarntzen

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A poem about the first snowfall of a season.

First Snow

A crow calls
A moment later another
And then yet another
Each rasp scratching
The dreamy veneer of the forest
Soon their combined voices
Break through the barren branches
With a mind jarring crispness
That establishes the surroundings
Drawing a map upon the cool mist
That has settled upon the land
Below, tawny  grissled fur is dampened
As sleek creatures skulk silently
Upon a floor of soggy rotting leaves
That slide tectonically beneath their paws
Another growing season has gone
And the land awaits the long sleep
That will give it rest for months ahead
The murder of crows move on
To other perches in the eerie distance
All is now quiet in the naked canopy
Save for a gentle breeze that hardly stirs
The mist clings on, refusing to be nudged
Even as the wind starts to grow
Slim elongated limbs begin to dance
Shaking loose the remaining crumpled leaves
The scene lingers as the time approaches
Then coming unannounced from the bleak skies
An imperceptible precipitation saturates all
Water droplets begin to crystallize and flatten
The first snows undulate downward in a veil
Melting upon contact with resistant surfaces
But with surging numbers and tenacity
Some eventually manage to establish a hold
En masse they slowly repaint the morose hues
With a thin white coat that solemnly sticks
And heralds the coming of a new season
Upon the swaying frosty branches
Black feathers shake and puff outward
To shield vulnerable skin from the cold
The crows hold fast in grim determination
In their hearts there is firm resolution
That they’ll not be driven away
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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/5/2010
lovely write-the first snow is always so wondrous transforming the earth!
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 11/4/2010
Nice contrast of the crows with the snow. Imagery is beautiful here.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/4/2010

You describe this so beautifully. Although we have mild winters in the desert, I sometimes really miss the snow, and you have made me long for it.

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 11/4/2010
Wow. THIS is fantastic! I love the mood, the style, the subject - all of it. I believe this is your very best - born from the most fluent, authentic part of your core. Your word choices are divine and the landscape you paint feels so real that I believe I can see my breath as I enter the spaces between your stanzas. I love the mingling of the crow (a symbol of mid-late fall) with the winter - in this way you have artfully expressed one of the loveliest transitions of all the seasons. I am adding this to my favorites. Thank you for the perfect start to my day ~

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