It seems fitting today…the final day of 2010…to quote some portions of American Poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “SNOWBOUND”.
Here at the Buffalo Bluff, we have been snowbound since yesterday and are not at all eager to get UN-snowbound til this weather system with its two blizzards passes by.
People get so frantic to “get out and get moving” that they miss the peaceful bliss of being “snowbound” as people in the earlier centuries were when snowstorms hit hard in winter.
It was expected by those earlier Americans that there would be times when they had to “stay put” and enjoy the quiet comforts of their homes during blizzards.
I find it comforting even now in the 21st century—to be kept at home by bad weather, heavy snow, cold winds and treacherous traveling conditions. For the life of me I cannot conceive of why so many people insist on driving in snowy and stormy conditions. They endanger themselves and others especially when they get stranded and want to be rescued from their own idiocy….endangering law enforcemment people and others who are in rescue occupations. Stay home for crying out loud…..enjoy being SNOWBOUND!!
Here are portions of the famous J.G. Whittier poem written in the 19th century before franticness took over so many people.
“The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
“The wind blew east; we heard the roar
Of Ocean on his wintry shore,
And felt the strong pulse throbbing there
Beat with low rhythm our inland air.
Unwarmed by any sunset light
The gray day darkened into night,
A night made hoary with the swarm
And whirling dance of the blinding storm,
As zigzag wavered to and fro
Crossed and recrossed the wing-ed snow:
And ere the early bedtime came
The white drift piled the window frame,
And through the glass the clothes line posts
Looked like tail and sheeted ghosts……………..”
Just a portion of a brilliant description by a long-ago poet from Massachussetts……some things stay the same…like getting winter blizzards!!!!
Now….. memorize a portion of SNOWBOUND and recite it when the second blizzard hits us later today!!!!!