I thought I’d share a poem I wrote a while back, on one of those rare days when London is thrown into complete chaos by a dumping of snow; today is frost-crisp and enticing for dog and man to wrap up and venture forth. Maybe snow will come to renew my inner-child and my love affair with snow.
I wake to a muffled world
where the curtains shine with a sepia tint.
Somewhere, I hear a faint rustle of ticker tape,
falling in drifts.
It is eerily quiet as I peek out
half knowing the reason.
A magician, up all night,
has covered the garden,
deadening the air with nature’s Kapok.
A bandy-legged primate, waterproofed, uncertain
overtakes a drunk car, failing its sobriety test.
I smile with guilty pleasure. Routine
dissolves as flakes on the windows.
Any thought of work drips from the sill
To form an icicle of excuses.
A family of Michelin people
waddle in vague trails,
their usually confident tread undone
as the kerbs shift and slip to unexpected places.
Inappropriately shod fashionistas
curse their vanity.
I skip outside. Boots creak,
as if in need of oil.
The smothered hawthorn emerges at my touch
releasing a cloud of hissing white gas.
Everywhere unthreatening Hoodies
reveal glimpses of childhoods re-found.
Dogs, confused by chest deep cold white mud,
gambol and spring, demented in their ignorance,
chasing balls that dissolve on impact,
shaking their heads in surprise.
The Park confounds.
Cool mannered, indifferent teenagers
become seven again.
Armed with lightweight ordnance,
even friendly fire is welcomed.
Young families, paroled by snow
from school and work
play god and mould a choir of obese people,
accessorized with twigs and vegetables.
The enfeebled sun fights to dampen
my mood. Cars retake the streets,
leaving a grey gloop in their wake.
I slither home, uphill whichever way I go.
Unaccustomed muscles growl, frozen fingers
protest, each jab and squeeze
waking me from my illicit
dreaming, leaving my love affair with snow
in puddles on the parquet.
I remembered this poem when thinking about Esther Newton’s latest Monday Motivation’s theme: the Cold