Saturday, 26 January 2013


no snow, lots of snow


all the UK covered
towns, villages and roads
with heavy snow, blizzards
frozen day and night

children in Cornwall
see all the snow in tv
the air feels so cold
outside on grass for play

across the country schools
closed due to snowy roads
snowmen, sledging, great fun
play from morn to night

their school stays open
disappointment here 
playing out at breaks
winter gardens muddy mess

this divide of weather types
up country, cross the Tamar
seems unfair to Cornish children
who watch, so near and yet so far

24 comments:

Ola said...

when I was a kid I dreamt about snowy winters, now I would rather change all the snow for sun and heat:)
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The Owl Wood said...

Ruddy odd stuff, English weather. Did they close schools in my day? I don't remember it, certainly not at the sign of the first snow-flake. Mind you, they didn't close the workhouse or the mill in my day either. Cold, wet, muddy. Ruddy muddy.

Al said...

I've seen the news stories about the British snow, your poem does a nice job of getting across the fun, and the disappointment of the kids who didn't get the snow. Where I live the weather is incredibly localized because of the mountains, we can get a foot of snow at our house, while 20 miles away it's sunny, so one school district can be closed and the next one is open!

Nancy Claeys said...

Brrr!

It's raining here this morning.

the cuby poet said...

Ola: I love the sun too.

the cuby poet said...

The Owl Wood: I remember walking to school in any weather wearing wellies and a green gabardine coat. What happened to gabardine? I wonder just hope it died as it had little to recommend it.

the cuby poet said...

Al: I like it that British weather is unpredictable.

the cuby poet said...

Nancy Claeyes: and here we have wind and sun.

CherryPie said...

It is a shame they didn't get the chance to play in the snow, all kids love to do that.

All ours has gone now and it has turned to rain.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm ready for spring. Beautiful words!

Crafty Green Poet said...

and it always surprises me where the snow decides to fall and which places are deprived...

Out on the prairie said...

I play hard in the snow, it brings out the kid in me many times.

Vintage Jane said...

We had lots of snow and school stayed open. We walked the 4 mile round trip ... lots of fun! M x

the cuby poet said...

CherryPie: It is raining here.

the cuby poet said...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm: I am looking forward to Spring too.

Jim said...

We know all about 'snow days' here in Canada.
I heard about what the UK was experiencing on the news! Snow can be magical, makes everything fresh and blankets the world in white. Quite surreal when we think about it.....and are not driving in it!! lol

the cuby poet said...

Crafty Green Poet: It is no wonder that the weather is always a topic of conversation in the UK.

the cuby poet said...

Out on the prairie: We are all kids in the snow.

the cuby poet said...

Vintage Jane: Having fun walking to and from school in the snow makes the whole day FUN.

the cuby poet said...

Jim: If we knew when it was coming and even if it would be coming I am sure we would more able to cope with it. :)

ShySongbird said...

You paint a wonderful picture with your words. We had it here too, it was quite disruptive for a while, all gone now though.

Our school never closed however deep the snow! Oh, that green gaberdine raincoat! It wasn't pretty at all and mine was always too long 'to grow into' :-(

the cuby poet said...

ShySongBird: Now it just very windy.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Very evocative, Cuby.

the cuby poet said...

Welshcakes: Thank you for your comment.