16 December 2008

Mellifluous Mondays...er...Tuesdays

It's SNOWING! And it's beautiful, if slippery. I have two exams tomorrow (Spanish and English), so I will have fun skidding around in the drifts on my way there. Hopefully, the roads will be relatively clear by the time we leave for the airport early Thursday morning. Please pray for good weather and safe travels.

from "London Snow" by Robert Bridges

When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town;
Deadening, muffling, stifling its murmurs failing;
Lazily and incessantly floating down and down:
Silentily sifting and veiling road, roof and railing;
Hiding difference, making unevenness even,
Into angles and crevices softly drifting and sailing.

...now doors open, and war is waged with the snow,
And trains of sombre men, past tale of number,
Tread long brown paths, as toward their toil they go:
But even for them awhile no cares encumber
Their minds diverted; the daily word is unspoken,
The daily thoughts of labour and sorrow slumber
At the sight of the beauty that greets them, for the charm they have broken.

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