Saturday, February 02, 2008

nothing much



cold, cloudy day. chilled to bones.
standing by the window, nose pressed to glass,
she watches the mist flying by-
hard pressed to see through all that snow.

serrated broken crayons lie there abandoned.
smudged sheet, a mute witness for scrawled lines.
bleakness of weather is beauty for a child
no school, no subsequent homework.

with a sweet smile breaking into her facade
she enjoys enforced break from studies-
wishing for more such wintery rains.
for children, drabness translates to magic.

40 comments:

Homo Escapeons said...

Well I certainly know about cold and snow...it was -45C this week.

When I was a child, if I was trapped in the house during a blizzard, I made 'my own fun'..
I loved it...
especially if school was cancelled!

Your basic Best Day EVER!

Revathi said...

Brings back alike memories of childhood. The rain was followed by a caterpillar February leading to a Butterfly March in Chennai.
MAGIC it is, no question!

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Sherry said...

Ah, I can relate to this today my friend!!
It's nasty here in Toronto -- snow, wind, freezing rain -- schools closed early, businesses are shutting down early to allow people time to get home...
and here I sit, in the comfort of my house and never went out but once today!
Well written!!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Maybe I don't havetoo much experience with snow, but even in Australia, winters can be bitter and grey!

Particularly liked your last line- converting drabness into magic!

Beautiful!

Smiles and Light

Linda said...

Oh, yes, snow days are magic! Too bad we have to make them up, though!

I could see that little girl so well!

anthonynorth said...

It's such a magical world before grown up thoughts try to destroy it.
To me, it is important to retain a sense of the child even in adulthood.

lissa said...

nothing much but the words are still so well written.

Pri said...

a nice attempt to capture the innocence of childhood...
very well expressed! :)

Leigh Lear said...

ahh the pleasure of a snow day!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

it brought back a lot of childhood memories - thanks

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keith hillman said...

That is so good! We rarely get snow so our kids will never experience that kind of magic! But I just did -by reading your piece.

chicklegirl said...

I grew up in Seattle, so snow days were rare and magical amongst the rain. Really enjoyed this one!

noahthegreat said...

Kids can always make something out of nothing; parents don't see the light as easily as kids do.

I've never had a snow day, but I have had a day off from hurricanes when I lived in Florida. Of course, the worst ones were the ones they thought wouldn't hit us and we still had to go to school.

polona said...

there's so much in the attitude... enjoyed this very much

LittleWing said...

oh that was a beauty and made me long for the days of innocent contemplation of a day .. and those crayons, made it all the more real .. thank you..

jadey said...

This is a fantastic post. I think that any day a child can help you to see the magic it holds.

mariacristina said...

Youtravel back to a magical time and recreate it for me now!

pepektheassassin said...

Love the image of this child, nose pressed to glass, wishing for "more wintery rains." Very nice.

Chris said...

You have captured the wonder of a snow day spectacularly. However, it is not just kids that long for the magic. I wait every year with such anticipation that we will have a snow day (even one.) Snow days are truly magical.

Just Jen said...

Oh how I wish to be that girl with nothing to do!

tumblewords said...

Oh, this is cute as can be - children just find magic...and color helps! Nice work!

Marja said...

ah the magical world of children. What an adorable poem

Herb Urban said...

That last line is a killer. The rainy days of my childhood we full of imagination of wonder, and the occasional wrestling match with my older brother over one of his toys. Great memories, each and every one of them. Love your poem!

Don Iannone said...

Loved it, Gautami. Hope things are well with you.

Robin said...

I don't miss the cold and the snow, but I certainly miss snow days. What fun we used to have.

Jeques said...

Magic seen through the eyes of a child. Children are the happiest people because they find joy in the simpliest of things. It is them who trully undertand what magic means. If we could only keep the child's wide-eyed wonder as grown up, then we, too, could see magic.

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

Constance said...

Kids find magic in darn near everything. I really enjoyed this poem. :)

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Your words made magic as well, Gautami.

Clare said...

Hi Gautami! Terrific poem -- I could feel the cold snow and the warmth of the children's hearts as they draw with colorful crayons.
:)

UL said...

ah to be a child again...to love the simplicities before taking life so seriously...

Rambler said...

bleakness of weather is not just beauty for a child, even for us adults you see :D

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paisley said...

a free day with nothing to do??? magic in my book as well!!!!

watermaid said...

It's good to know that even drabness can be magic for someone. I think I suffer from SAD (not sure what the letters stand for but it's something to do with the absence of the sun)in the winter. A bright day and my mood picks up.

Cricket's Hearth said...

My grandchildren love snow days as did my children as did I. Snow days are magical. Cricket

Rob Kistner said...

Those 'snow days' when school was canceled, were indeed magical when I was a child. Thank you for the memory! ;)

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Karina said...

"for children, drabness translates to magic"...I love that line. It is so true in so many ways, a snow day being one of the best.

Scott said...

i want to continue what karina said, and loved that line the best..
you really made feel the cold day. thanks for sharing that.

rch said...

My brothers and I loved those snow days. Great look at magic!