Literary Hook: Poem shows mixed feelings about winter and snow

By Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

Author and Poet

Winter is here. Snow has arrived. Here’s a poem celebrating the mixed feelings we have about winter and snow.

Snow Salsa Sonnet

Dancing with the wind, slanted snow swivels,

salsa slashing the windows. We’re snowed in.

A corner icicle hangs and drivels

like an intravenous glucose machine.

I put on Tropicales and dance, too,

a solo sequestered salsa (of sorts),

a solitary rendezvous, not blue.

Midwesterners must always be good sports

when winter comes conquering and calling.

We dance and read, watch old movies, maybe

paint a closet or polish brass. Befalling

all it can befall, snow on limb of tree.

Stay and salsa a day, you swaying snow.

Just a day, OK? Then, you have to go.

This poem was first published in Minotaur.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the Dec. 18-24, 2013, issue