First Snow

First Snow

The snow

began here

this morning and all day

continued, its white

rhetoric everywhere

calling us back to why, how,

whence such beauty and what

the meaning; such

an oracular fever! flowing

past windows, an energy it seemed

would never ebb, never settle

less than lovely! and only now,

deep into night,

it has finally ended.

The silence

is immense,

and the heavens still hold

a million candles, nowhere

the familiar things:

stars, the moon,

the darkness we expect

and nightly turn from. Trees

glitter like castles

of ribbons, the broad fields

smolder with light, a passing

creekbed lies

heaped with shining hills;

and though the questions

that have assailed us all day

remain ā€” not a single

answer has been found ā€“

walking out now

into the silence and the light

under the trees,

and through the fields,

feels like one.

~Mary Oliver~

excerpted from American Primitive

7 thoughts on “First Snow

  1. That is some snow! Look at him in that moose hat…

    We haven’t even had our first snow yet here in Alaska.

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