Friday, March 6, 2015

A Singular Point of View

“I need someone to go
to the store for me.
I can’t go outside.
I need to say inside,”
she sighed with resignation.

“Hold on to me, dear.
I’m afraid I will fall.
This stuff is so slippery,”
she quivered hesitantly.

“Another day of more gray and white! 
I’m so sick of this damn snow!
Will winter
ever end?”
she lamented.

“Look at them, outside
making that igloo,” she observed.
“I will make them some hot chocolate
to help them warm up
when they come inside.”

“You can go down the hill
with me, honey,”
she coaxed. 
“I will hold you. 
It’s fun!”

“There is nothing more romantic
than a walk in the snow.
It is so silent and you are here,”
she whispered, as they
walked glove in glove.

“I’m not worried about
a little bit of snow,”
she retorted. 
“I’ve been driving a whole three months.
Don’t worry, Dad.”

“It worked!  Wearing my pajamas
inside out worked! 
We have a snow day!” she exclaimed, 
jumping quickly out of bed
to race for her snow gear.

“Mommy, it’s snowing.
Santa can come on his sleigh!”
She declared
with anticipation
and wonder.

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  1. Such different perspectives on snow! It's been interesting reading Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagrams with so many various opinions on snow. Some love it, some hate it, some fear it. Your poem encapsulates all those views.

    1. These have all been my views over the years. Except for the two oldest...and I imagine they might be mine in the future. I hear those voices in the elderly near to me.

  2. Lovely snippets of conversation. I love how they make us think about the voice of each and wonder which one we are. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautifully shown, those POV's, Deborah. Each one creates a small picture of all the emotions, fear, wonder, delight, happiness, worry. Love your idea!

  4. I concur w/ the other comments: POV makes all the difference in how one views the snow. Holding on to someone, both literally and figuratively, makes all the difference in our walks through the snow. Nice.

  5. This would be great to give kids and have them determine who is speaking and look for the clues within the text. What fun this must have been to write!