On Year 4: December’s Poems
December has been cold and snowy. It is snowing now as I write this, in fact, and is due to snow and sleet all weekend–but it’s no matter, as now it’s closing in on winter break. Fortunately, there’s something about snow that inspires poets: there are many many choices for snowy poems to read. And of course, we had to end with Robert Frost, a poem that they all already knew.
Oh, and before I forget? This month brought me a boy in sixth period who now, every day, asks if he can be the one who reads the poem at the beginning of class. As far as I’m concerned, this is a win of the first order.
And here they are:
December 2, Monday: “How It Is That the Snow” by Robert Haight
December 3, Tuesday: “December Notes” by Nancy McCleery
December 4, Wednesday: “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain” by Emily Dickinson (for my friend Susan Phillips–one of the first non-family members I remember from my childhood–who died Tuesday morning. That’s left me confused.)
December 5, Thursday: “Somewhere or Other” by Christina Rossetti
December 6, Friday: “Ex Libris” by Eleanor Wilner
December 9, Monday: “I Looked Up” by Mary Oliver
December 10, Tuesday: “Winter” by Walter de la Mare
December 11, Wednesday: “Winter Trees” by William Carlos Williams
December 12, Thursday: “Choices” by Tess Gallegher
December 13, Friday: “Blizzard” by William Carlos Williams
December 16, Monday: “To the Evening Star: Central Minnesota” by James Wright
December 17, Tuesday: “Dust of Snow” by Robert Frost
December 18, Wednesday: “The Journey” by Mary Oliver
December 19, Thursday: “The Night of the Snowfall” by Mo H. Saidi
December 20, Friday: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
And now–vacation! Next poem on January 2, and if anyone wishes to make suggestions, they are more than welcome.