Snowy Pines

We had snow a few days ago, and now the big freeze, so our world has become brighter… sunshine is also forecast!
For some reason I found these “spiny snowballs” funny…
…and then I found this poem with the line “pine-trees crusted with snow”, which is very apt. I have fallen in love with this poem – it sends shivers down my spine when I come to the last verse!
Read and enjoy!
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The Snow Man

by Wallace Stevens
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One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;
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And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
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Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
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Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
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For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
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