Snow Day Writing a Poem in Response Posted by

“First of all, read and reflect on some poems that you like (or even those you don’t like). Classic poets, recent poets, even online poets. Find one that triggers thoughts in you, something that you want to respond to. And write a poem in response!”

Winter Trees,   By William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.



My take:

All the tiresome labor
of bundling children
gloves, hats, scarves, boots,
zippers and snaps and ties
pulling, tugging, grunts and sighs
for an outing in the snow
is worth the squeals and shouting
snow angels, fights and sleds
till all the tiresome labor
of unbundling then begins.


10 thoughts on “Snow Day

  1. Smiling here! Indeed so much work to get the children ready to go out to play & so much work to take off their snow-packed wet clothing later on. But in between it, the joy that they experience IS worth it!! (I really remember this from when I was a kid….bundling up with layers to head to the sled hill!) Thanks for taking part!

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  2. Kids, what a reality. Now that I have 6.5 grandchildren I finally fully understand that they require every ounce or your energy & focus to get through every moment of every day. When our 4 grandchildren, all under 5, visit, it’s like a military plan to co-ordinate it; let alone trying to all go to a restaurant, or anywhere in public. By the way, fine job on the promp\t, D.

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  3. Oh, that bundling and unbundling……and in the meantime they stumble around looking like the Michelin man….this brought back such memories, Debi. Beautiful take on the Williams poem 🙂


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