11 Poems To Get You In the Mood for Snow

When I moved to California last year, I didn't think it was possible to miss the snow. Of all the natural phenomena, snow is pretty low on my list. Despite those first sparkling flakes, as someone who suffered her share of Midwest winters, I'm here to tell you that picturesque, pretty snow is just the tip of the iceberg (#CouldntResist). Snow is shivering, whipping through your hair, blowing in your eyes. It freezes to the ground and gets muddy, scaly, and sandy — somehow! — the longer it coats the earth. Also, The Sound of Music gets it wrong: there's absolutely nothing favorite-thing-worthy about snow landing on your eyelashes.

Frankly, I like the idea of snow much more than the reality of it, which is why I'm glad for ... poetry, obviously. With poems about snow I can at least imagine that all those cozy images are the real story. Because, let's be honest: snow is more mood than weather. (That's gotta be why it's listed as a scent in goop's first candle). Snow wants to be snuggling, afghan-burrowing, hunkering down, or bundling up for something vigorous and outdoors.

Don't let the downsides of snow blindside you to its goodness. These 11 poems are here to help.

1. "Why Is The Color Of Snow?" by Brenda Shaughnessy

2. "Snow" by Naomi Shihab Nye

3. "Snow Song" by Frank Dempster Sherman

4. "Spring Snow" by Arthur Sze

5. "Winter Is Good -- His Hoar Delights" by Emily Dickinson

6. "The Snow Story" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. "It Is The Time Of Rain And Snow" by Izumi Shikibu

8. "When The Year Grows Old" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

9. "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

10. "On Snow" by Jonathan Swift

11. "A Winter Without Snow" by J.D. McClatchy

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