Snow At Last!


Snow at last; it started with snizzle —
you know, that cross between snow and drizzle.
Soon enough with hardly a sound
it came down in flakes that covered the ground,
falling from noon till the darkness of night,
almost like daylight in dazzling white,
turning briefly to rain but not washed away.
With temperatures dropping ice will hold sway.
This morning is misty, exactly as forecast
but what they can’t tell is how long it will last.

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Be careful what you wish for! I had been longing to see some snow before winter was over but what I didn’t expect was for it to come at such an inconvenient time. My daughter was due home yesterday evening from a skiing trip to Austria. Due to fly in to Birmingham their flight was diverted to first Luton and then Stanstead in the south-east where they were the last plane to land before that too was closed. After hanging around for a couple of hours waiting for a transfer coach back to pick up the car in Birmingham they were told the buses refused to run. So, together with another couple, she and her partner hired a car and drove through the night in trecherous conditions at between 20-30 mph back to Birmingham. They collected the car and drove up to us where they were spending the night before returning home to mid-Wales. They arrived with us at 5.30 in the morning!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 17:33:25

    Ooh. Couldn’t they have just stayed the night in Stanstead?
    I’m so glad everyone got home safely. And I love the poem!

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    • Libby
      Feb 06, 2012 @ 11:40:51

      Yes Vicki, we thought that too but they decided they wanted to get back. If they hadn’t landed at Stanstead they apparently had enough fuel to get to Paris! At least they are safe, and now the snow is slowly thawing – it will be trecherous if it freezes tonight.

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  2. julespaige
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 19:35:04

    Snizzle…I’ve heard that before, but as in a reference to Rap Music I think. I like your definition much better! Glad all are home safe. I’m sure you weren’t the only one wishing for white stuff.
    Fog or mist off of snow is mystical isn’t it?

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  3. daphnepurpus
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 20:33:16

    Great poem! A couple weeks ago we also finally got some winter with a snow storm that sounds a lot like yours and got the island closed down for most of the work week! You have captured it very nicely and I am glad you are all safe and sound now and can enjoy the beauty!

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