Searching for Snow – Winter poem by Angela Topping

Searching for Snow

Press your nose against the pane,

wish for it. Scan the sky. Listen

for the silence of every living thing

braced against the cold.

 

You want snowmen, snowball contests,

to be snowed in, kept off school.

 

Some hope, except in dreams

of dragging caked mittens from tingling fingers,

sipping hot chocolate, regressing to ‘Watch with Mother’.

 

Snow remakes the world for however long it lasts

until the tension goes out of it. As childish

as innocence before grown-up boots stamp it out.

This poem first appeared in Voices for Kosovo, Stride , for Chrilsren’s Aid Direct, 1999, and subsequently in my third collection The Way We Came, bluechrome 2007.

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