A Few Snowflakes

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A Few Snowflakes – 18 November 2008

I guess it can be said that we got our first snowfall of the season – if the few stray flakes that managed to land on our sundeck count as a “snowfall”!

This morning, as we were driving across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the mountains west of us looked like they were getting a lot more snow than these few little flakes. Oh, well – it’s still autumn and winter won’t be “officially” here until the 21st of December (Winter Solstice).

These lines that I wrote in the 1970’s seem appropriate for today:

By Mary T. Hoffman

The last few leaves
cling brown and crisp
to branches that
have shed their bright
raiment and wait
for winter’s snowy
cloak to wrap
their naked limbs.

(Published 15 September 1976 in KITE: Weekly Guide to the Arts & Entertainment)
(Published 27 August 1977 in The Daily Mail (Catskill, NY)

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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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