poetry and prose about place

how high the snow?

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Last week, we had our first substantial snow. My husband is happy because he plows driveways with his tractor.  I am happy too because the snow makes everything clean and white.

Both of us wish we knew how much snow will fall this winter.  Even the weather station does not make any attempts to guess the snowfall in the coming months.

However, I enjoy the old ways of prediction … my Dad used to say the snow would be as high as the wasps built their nests.  Last week, while walking one of our trails, my husband found a wasp nest at chest height.  Last year, in 2011, there was a wasp nest in our arbour, at a point just above our heads.  Therefore, we have concluded… this year we will have less snow than last.

By April, I should know if this method works!!!!





had a lengthy meeting

before the Queen OK’d the plan

and started the nest – concise, globular,

paper contract with winter


she ordered us to work,

to strip wood from

the human house next door,

chew the pulp, publish the bulletin


takes stacks and layers of paperwork

to predict with certainty

where home will be safe and above

the snows of December


the secret in fine print,

on paper walls –

light grey from the patio fence

dark grey from the shingles



Copyright  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

November 14, 2012 at 7:09 am

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  1. My mother used to always say that you could tell if the upcoming winter was going to be mild or harsh based on the width of the band in the middle of a wooly caterpillar. I think if the band was wide the upcoming winter was supposed to be mild and if it was narrow it was supposed to be harsh (or maybe it was vice versa).



    November 16, 2012 at 12:11 am

    • Hi Sheryl. I’ve never heard of that one! I’ll have to start checking the wooly caterpillars! Jane


      jane tims

      November 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

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