Saturday, September 19, 2009

Snowfall in the Afternoon

Photograph by Glenn Petranek

Snowfall in the Afternoon


The grass is half-covered with snow.
It was the sort of snowfall that starts
in late afternoon
And now the little houses of the grass
are growing dark.


If I reached my hands down near the earth
I could take handfuls of darkness!
A darkness was always there
which we never noticed.


As the snow grows heavier
the cornstalks fade farther away
And the barn moves nearer to the house.
The barn moves all alone
in the growing storm.


The barn is full of corn
and moves toward us now
Like a hulk blown toward us
in a storm at sea;
All the sailors on deck
have been blind for many years.

Robert Bly

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