My favorite Winter Poem ~ Snow ~ by Archibald Lampman


White are the far-off plains, and white
The fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the height,
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree,
Falls down scarce audibly.
The road before me smoothes and fills
Apace, and all about
The fences dwindle, and the hills
Are blotted slowly out;
The naked trees loom spectrally
Into the dim white sky.
The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snow-fall hoods me round;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence everywhere.
Save when at lonely intervals
Some farmer’s sleigh urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear;
The barking of a dog, or call
To cattle, sharply pealed,
Borne echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;
Then all is silent, and the snow
Falls, settling soft and slow.
The evening deepens, and the gray
Folds closer earth and sky;
The world seems shrouded far away;
Its noises sleep, and I
As secret as yon buried stream,
Plod dumbly on, and dream.

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2 thoughts on “My favorite Winter Poem ~ Snow ~ by Archibald Lampman

  1. Glad you found it Amelia! I didn’t know you could subscribe to blogs!? I’ll have to figure that out so I can subscribe to YOURS!

    Yeah…. great poem, isn’t it!? I’m sot much of a winter person myself, but I do enjoy that absolute sense of detachment and near deafening silence that just seems to engulf you when you are caught in the middle of a thick falling snow. We get that A LOT here in N.E. Ohio… “Lake Effect Snow.”

    Kim

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