Hyvaa Joulua!


Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,

Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,

Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air

Hides hill and woods, the river, and the heaven,

And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end.

The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet

Delated, all friends shut out, the housemates sit

Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed

In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Come see the north wind’s masonry.

Out of an unseen quarry evermore

Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer

Curvers his white bastions with projected roof

Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.

Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work

So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he

For number or proportion.  Mockingly,

On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;

A swan-like from invests the hidden thorn;

Fills up the famer’s lane from wall to wall,

Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and at the gate

A tapering turret overtops the work.

And when his hours are numbered, and the world

Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,

Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art

To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,

Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work,

The frolic architecture of the snow.

The Snow-Storm

Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ by shantam on December 24, 2007.

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  1. Happy Christmas, my friend.

  2. Dear Plum-

    Merriest Wishes to You and your Family this Holiday! Happiest and Most Prosperous New Year too- you have been quite the creative demon-ness lately I’ve noticed!

    Oregon has got to be spectacular during this season, and I hope you are nourishing yourself in all its beauty (do post more of those amazing photos).. maybe a holiday there some year would be in order!

    Wishing You a Bright and Happy Christmas- Hauskaa Joulua!


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