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Slice of Life 20: Snow on March 20

By Janice Ewing

Instead of warming breezes and brightening skies
we have a cover of clouds and dusting snow

Instead of promising green grass
we have still another white-blanketed lawn

Instead of watching for crocuses and robins
we’re checking for slick spots 

Instead of jumping out of bed
spring hit the snooze alarm

Stretching and rolling over
for a bit more rest

Or maybe
to finish a dream


* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.

???????????Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m a big fan of the the repeated line and your choice of format too! Spring sure had a different idea today! I’m looking forward to watching the snow melt tomorrow!


    March 20, 2015
  2. I saw the snow on the news and felt so bad for all of you who’ve had more than your share of the white stuff. I love the structure of your poem with the repetition of Intead…It brings sharp contrast between the spring you’re dreaming of and the reality of the snow.


    March 20, 2015
  3. Kathy Barham #

    I love this poem, Janice, especially for the subtle shift from we to the beautifully personified spring and the surprise in the closure. I love the idea of snow on March 20th as spring ‘s finishing a dream
    .I picture that dream as a fantasy of sleeping through spring season versus “rallying “for all that exhausting proliferation!


    March 20, 2015
  4. Janice, I agree with Ramona — I love the repetition and the line “spring hit the snooze alarm.” Thanks for another Janice gem — a sparkle on a gray day!


    March 20, 2015
  5. You got extra sleep? We still had to go in on time… but I am thankful for that because I had so much I needed to get done with my students!


    March 20, 2015
  6. I’ve been seeing pictures of the East’s snow on Facebook and Instagram on this first day of spring ! I love the “Instead of…” repetition and the last line, “Or maybe to finish a dream…” I hope she wakes up soon!


    March 20, 2015
  7. Love the repeated phrase instead of… and then Spring hit the snooze alarm! Sorry it’s taking its sweet time arriving in your part of the world.


    March 20, 2015

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