One must have a mind of winter

February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

One must have a mind of winter

To regard the frost and the boughs

Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And to have been cold a long time

To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think

Of the misery in the sound of the wind,

In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener who listens in the snow,

And, nothing himself, beholds

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

–Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man

It’s snowing again, as it has been for days. We have about three feet of snow on the ground here in central Connecticut, along with about three or four inches of mostly sleet that fell today. And we are supposed to get a foot to 14 inches tonight and tomorrow. I was at the Trinity library today and took this picture looking down on a railing with the snow endlessly falling around it. Since Wallace Stevens wrote his poems here in Hartford, I thought “The Snow Man” should go with this picture.


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