poetry and prose about place

new-fallen snow

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On this wintry day … finding the right words to describe new-fallen snow …




newfall: words escape me


the white ephemeral

perhaps frost

the fir boughs divided

the sculptured steel

of a flake of snow


try again


paper stencil

on  chocolate cake

powdered sugar

sifted on the rills

of the new plowed field




sweet in my mouth

the bitter melted in morning sun

white hot on my cheek

the writing lamp


a lamp to the left

casts no shadow

(the shadow of a pen

or a hand)

(unless you are wrong-handed)


chimney shadow

on a fresh-snowed roof

or trees on the eastern edge of the road

where the sun cannot warm


the morning

dusting of ice


try again



Published as ‘newfall – words escape me’, the Fiddlehead 196, Summer 1998






Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

February 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

7 Responses

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  1. Thought provoking Jane!
    How about” A cool white skin fell on the Northern face of Mother Earth”


    Jim Brown

    February 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    • Hi. Good metaphor. Her face is about to get another dusting I see! Jane


      jane tims

      February 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  2. Wow. Lovely words and pictures. Really lovely.


    Top Of The Slush Pile

    February 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

    • Hi Gemma. Thanks! Got back to working on the book this week. I’m in ‘deep edit’ of Chapter 21. Six chapters to go in Draft seven. How is your book doing? Jane


      jane tims

      February 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

  3. Thank you for sharing your photos and poem…both so hard to describe in words…so “make me happy inside my chest” to see and read them


    Carol Steel

    February 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

    • Hi Carol. It is so hard to capture the beauty of our world … poetry is a step in the right direction. Jane


      jane tims

      February 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

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