Fall 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2006 |

Snow Day

It's snowing and it won't ever stop!In order for this to happen, the eastern tropicsof the Pacific have had to cool or warm. Now the sun's not rising and the children,still asleep, dream of weather as a ripplingcurtain of northern lights across the arctic sky. Or the children are awake and dressedbut have turned away from breakfast—all the radios and all the televisions are on. And even when the snow stops we will say,It fell all day! Who cares if the sun roseor the wind turned the trees to glass That's how snow is, falling, never stoppingpromising itself to itself, changing one dayinto the same day, like happiness into happiness. Now the sun is setting and the yard is blue.And only someone who loves coldand isolation could live like this, waiting at the window for disturbance,someone who wants the world buried,who loves the short days, the deep long nights and then waking up to see nothing as it wasbefore the snow began to fall.

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Michael Collier’s sixth book, An Individual History, will be published by W.W. Norton, spring 2012. In 2009, he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and is director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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