Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Today's Mental Oasis

Dust of Snow

    The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.

    - Robert Frost

Today, we're getting our first snow of the season. I am visualizing myself in this very moment, at home in my cushy chair; covered by warm blanket fresh out of the dryer; a mug full of hot egg nog healthily dosed with some of the most delicious dominican rum on earth. I've just dozed off with a book in my hand because Coltrane's "Stardust" is softly playing in the background. As the song ends, I become alert. I then put on my thickest cable-knit sweater, jeans, boots, coat, scarf and gloves and venture outside.

Once downstairs, I dust off the bench below my bedroom window and just sit there for a couple of minutes. I watch the powdery snow cover the table in front of me, and I write my name in it; the way I used to when I was 15. I'd curve the final "e" all the way up and over, then draw a smiley face inside of it. Undoubtedly silly, but I wrote my name that way for a solid year. I deliberately came outside without a hat, because I love when snow gets in my hair (plus my hats no longer fit). I try to see how many good things in my life I can list before the snow that touches my lips melts.

Sitting there I realize, even when things are bad, they're not that bad.

And since I couldn't sit on that bench in the snow physically, I think this is the next best thing.

4 comments: said...

I picture you DRIVING in the snow instead of having to walk through it.

another conflict theorist said...


I kind of remember that stuff.

Thanks for the Frost. I actually long for the day when poets decide that meter isn't oppressive and it's cool to rhyme again.

Breez said...

@jali - picture me driving VERY SLOWLY. i drove for the first time in snow that night and damn near soiled my pantaloons.

@ACT - you are welcome. you know i always have to go for a bit of old school every now and again.

bint alshamsa said...

Snow? What's that? I haven't even taken my heavy jacket out of the closet yet! :(