A Beautiful, Haunting Poem About Snow by Emily Dickinson

A Beautiful, Haunting Poem About Snow by Emily Dickinson

Monday, 19 December, 2022

There are two ways to interpret a snowy day: an invitation to bundle up and stroll in the bracing air — or justification to grab a blanket, brew a cup of tea, and maybe wrangle a pet into lap napping.

To us, this poem implies the latter. We like to imagine Emily Dickinson, snug inside, face pressed up against the window, admiring a sparkling white blanket of snow that stretches across her field of vision.


It sifts from Leaden Sieves (291) — Emily Dickinson

  • It sifts from Leaden Sieves -
  • It powders all the Wood.
  • It fills with Alabaster Wool
  • The Wrinkles of the Road -

  • It makes an even Face
  • Of Mountain, and of Plain -
  • Unbroken Forehead from the East
  • Unto the East again -

  • It reaches to the Fence -
  • It wraps it Rail by Rail
  • Till it is lost in Fleeces -
  • It deals Celestial Vail

  • To Stump, and Stack - and Stem -
  • A Summer’s empty Room -
  • Acres of Joints, where Harvests were,
  • Recordless, but for them -

  • It Ruffles Wrists of Posts
  • As Ankles of a Queen -
  • Then stills its Artisans - like Ghosts -
  • Denying they have been -

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