Shadows on the Snow


When Winter’s locked you in, take the time to see
sunshine shadows on the snow.
To miss this is a lost opportunity
to view an artistic show.
Winter has such changing moods that come and go
on the wisps of howling wind
that sculpts the landscape, wherever it may blow.
So, you need to be thick-skinned.

But, when you make the effort to venture out,
when the sun is shining bold.
The majestic scenery will leave no doubt
as snow glistens like it’s gold,
while the shadow shows on snow are so surreal,
no artist could do better.
Go out, experience Winter’s frosty feel
wrapped in your warmest sweater.

For then, King Boreas will entertain you
With all Winter’s finest treats.
Very soon you’ll find that there’s so much to do
along frozen fields and streets,
that you’ll soon see there is no reason for fear
of a Winter’s chilly grip,
when you take in stride this season of the year,
and your reservations slip.

Every season has its own kind of appeal,
as each follows in a row.
So, take notice when the winter skies reveal
sunshine shadows on the snow.

Author Notes:

Winter has its own beauty. Especially when the sun shines after a new snow. Then it becomes almost magical. As a native Minnesotan, I love this time of year. This house is one in my general neighborhood. I captured its image because of those shadows.

This poem is a Canzone.
The Canzone is an Italian lyric poem of varying stanza length, usually written in a mixture of hendecasyllables (11) and heptasyllables (7) with a concluding short stanza or envoi. May be abab or aabb in rhyme scheme. Usually two or more stanzas with 7 to 20 lines.

This photograph was taken by the author Februar 25, 2014.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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