The fourth day into February and it looks a lot like its January predecessors. The forecast is for more snow. Already some one from an event tomorrow is wondering whether it will be a snow day, maybe counting on it.
Today’s Guest Blog is by Daniel Cleary. I was taken with his poem “More Snow” – he posted it on FB a couple of days ago. I don’t usually go for rhymed poetry unless it is subtle and natural, and I think this poem is. In the comments section of his post, Daniel added: “This is about the eternal winter of the arctic as much as anything else. It’s not about wishing for the spring to come. It’s about enjoying the barrenness of winter and embracing it.” It’s precisely because it does not have a “Think Spring” attitude that the poem so appeals to me. I don’t have anything against the “Think Spring” attitude and will probably adopt one pretty soon. But this poem makes me appreciate snow for what it can be.
Think of that dreamy white page of paper. The blanket that descends and comforts. Blankness that could be anything (or nothing).
Because I grew up in Chicago watching Garfield Goose after school, Suzy Snowflake pops up in my head when it snows. Funny to think that at one time this captured my attention. I Googled Suzy and found her preserved by Museum of Broadcast Communications. I’ve embedded the video below.
Here’s what’s written about this production: “On December 28, 1953, Chicago area kids were introduced to the whimsical story of Suzy Snowflake “tap, tap, tappin'” on every windowpane, seen on “Garfield Goose and Friends” then on WBBM-TV. Like “Hardrock, Coco and Joe,” Suzy too was brought to life by the stop-motion animators of Centaur Productions. Norma Zimmer was Suzy’s voice and the song was sung by The Norman Luboff Choir, a premier studio group.”
What caught my attention on a recent viewing were the snowflakes for I have been trying to capture a single flake with my camera. You can see my results on Glimpse of Solace.
BTW, it’s snowing now.
Peace, love, and solace