Poetry: Once in a Lifetime, Snow – by Les Murray

It is lovely to be posting from the Red Shed again. It’s been about 5 months since posting this blog about Langston Hughes. I took a lot of shit from online trolls and commenters about being anti-racist. I’ll write more about that in the next few weeks. That felt frightening and, while I carried on activism elsewhere, I needed to have a focus during the various lockdowns that was about managing my time and activities in a way that related to self-care, rather than inviting Twitter keyboard warriors into my everyday life.

Winter has come to the Red Shed. We’ve had the first big frost of the year and there is a thick morning fog as I look out my window. Still my flowers are persisting and my winter greens are putting in a sterling performance too! Sadly my winter leeks have sprouted but not grown much more. I’ll leave them in place to see if spring helps them grow! I have the room.

This visit to the Red Shed is about Les Murray’s poem “Once in a Lifetime, Snow”. I hadn’t been familiar with the writer before reading this poem and it felt just perfect for this time of year. Not only are we in the time of Advent, or waiting, for the joy of birth at Christmas, if you celebrate, but also waiting for vaccines and big changes coming in like Brexit. I took a moment to think poetry, think creativity and not think only about the trade and economy (as much as they are devastating for many), but to allow some other ideas to bubble up and take their space. I hope you enjoy and love your comments, as always.

Patrick xo

(Cover image is by By Ron Clausen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56493640)

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