How Is It That The Snow

How is it that the snow
amplifies the silence,
slathers the black bark on limbs,
heaps along the brush rows?

The idea of snow being slathered on bark is striking at once and said in a way that is original. – Patty Schlutt, age 15

Some deer have stood on their hind legs
to pull the berries down.
Now they are ghosts along the path,
snow flecked with red wine stains.

The red wine stains tie into the earlier line about the berries quite well. I can envision the deer becoming ghosts because the snow has consumed their food and themselves. – Rachel McGuinness, age 18

This silence in the timbers.
A woodpecker on one of the trees
taps out its story,

It's cool the way he talks about silence then sound. – Amy Fleming, age 17

stopping now and then in the lapse
of one white moment into another.

The rhythm and soft nature of this ending amplifies the white moments flowing into each other. – Patty Schlutt, age 15
The poem offers a glimpse of the purest scene of nature - a whiteout, the only activity being the animals, keeping to themselves. – Rachel Talen, age 22
I love that this poem begins with a question that seems to ponder the wonders of nature which remain to humans elusively incomprehensible. The question is answered at the end only by the subtle rhythms of nature. – Kyle Austin, age 22
Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.