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The Sound of Snow: Sonnet-like - and this took much more than 2 minutes to write :-)
Posted by Laura, Dec 8, 2009. 6389 views. ID = 3012

The Sound of Snow

Posted by Laura, Dec 8, 2009. 6389 views. ID = 3012
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Winter's whisper is a softened sound,
That leaves no patter on our doors or panes.
The muffled crystals, quiet on their own,
Are simple drops of white, slow-motion rain.
Yet how I'd love to emulate their poise -
Be more than silence, and still less than noise.

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Jeff Howe
Dec 8, 2009
Possibly my favorite lines describing snow fall come from Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening:

The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

In those two, relatively short lines, Frost is able to evoke something that most of us spend a lifetime trying to emulate.

I think your poem, The Sound of Snow really comes into its own from the 5th line on. And the penultimate and final lines wrap it up so nicely. Well done.
   ~Posted by Jeff Howe, Dec 8, 2009

Jeff Howe
Dec 8, 2009
In fact, if I may be so bold, I think this poem would work quite well without the first four lines. Just a thought. :-)
   ~Posted by Jeff Howe, Dec 8, 2009

Dec 9, 2009
Thanks for the feedback! Frost is one of my favorite poets, and if I ever write something half as evocative as his, I'll be happy... I memorized that winter poem of his when I was a kid, and I still remember a couple verses, including those lines.

This poem was twice as long at first, and very repetitive, so I cut it back... but perhaps it would have helped to cut it back even more...
   ~Posted by Laura, Dec 9, 2009

Dec 10, 2009
I think I would agree with Jeff. Those last six lines are great and would make an excellent poem on their own, without losing the thought of differentiating snow from rain. They just seem to have a flow to them that stands out from the rest. I actually read the poem and missed just how good those last lines were, until I read Jeff’s comments and went back to reread it.

I know cutting hurts, but I think you should consider what Jeff said. This is a good poem, but my feeling is that, by themselves, the last six lines would make a great poem.

   ~Posted by lostcerebellum, Dec 10, 2009

Dec 10, 2009
Okay - I will make the change. I'll keep those beginning lines around though, in case I can modify them enough to be a more effective opener for the rest :-)
   ~Posted by Laura, Dec 10, 2009

Jeff Howe
Dec 10, 2009
This makes me go.... ahhhhh :-)
   ~Posted by Jeff Howe, Dec 10, 2009

Dec 11, 2009
They say it never hurts to try, and I wouldn’t want you to just throw the other lines away, but you’re going to be hard pressed to improve on this.

Saying so much and communicating such feeling, in so few flowing words, is the essence of great poetry, and I think you’ve really nailed it here. I’d like to give you more than five stars on this one. It is really excellent.

   ~Posted by lostcerebellum, Dec 11, 2009

Aug 23, 2010
The last two lines are chillingly poetic and paradoxically tantalizing.

"Yet how I'd love to emulate their poise -
Be more than silence, and still less than noise."

What a wonderful basis for a personal belief or faith system. I think the metaphorical implications are brilliant.
   ~Posted by Twelvfth, Aug 23, 2010

du courage
Sep 15, 2013
Sooo beautiful! This is great poetry. I hope to remember your poem when the first snow is falling.
   ~Posted by du courage, Sep 15, 2013

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