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Opinion

December 20, 2013

An ode to Christmas snow

There’s something in a Christmas snow

that lifts the heart.

The snows that fall on other days

don’t have the touch

of Christmas snows,

although the first few flakes

of Winter’s season race the blood

in most of us.

On other days, snow is snow

to plow and throw.

But Christmas snow?

There is magic by the shovelfull

to coax the timid into labor

against advice from those

who worry of a strain upon the heart.

Oh, strain it is, right enough,

but not the kind

that saps the strength and aches the back -

not Christmas snow.

Here’s the wonder of the ages

to catch and fling against the wind,

and catch it back on tongue and face.

The heart beats faster full and warm,

but not so much from overwork

as overjoy, while ‘Merry Christmas!’

sung across the restless drifts

echoes down the lane.

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