This March we’ve got hardly any snow  – just a dusting of dry powdery flakes. A few years ago, it was a very different story and we were without power for three days …


This poem was published on Poetry Scotland’s Open Mouse

No Power (With apologies to Henry Reed)

Today is the second day of spring.

We have snow. Tomorrow morning

we will have more snow. We have to

think about living without power.

The sun shines on glistening snow drifts

and today is the second day of spring.

It’s called spring, yet we are cold,

the bird bath is frozen, the snow falls.

Warmth we have not yet received.

They call it the second day of spring.

The roads are quiet, no cars pass,

no tractors pass, peace reigns.

Today is the third day of spring.

Work clearing the path makes

us warm. A shower would be nice,

but a shower needs power,

which in our case we have not got.

Snow sculptures line the lanes.

Yet today is the third day of spring.




Author: annedunford

Now fulfilling my ten year old self's ambition to become a writer - it's taken many years and a long,long winding road to get here! After a lifetime spent teaching, making miniature ceramics, returning to teaching and training, I am now indulging in a lifelong ambition to write!

2 thoughts on “Snow!”

  1. ‘And today we have the naming of parts…. ‘ O level and A level English Lit, recognised the pattern even though I couldn’t have placed the poet’s name otherwise. Although after having done it twice over I probably ought to!


    1. Yes – a great poem which was often quoted – these are the first few lines…

      Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
      We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
      We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
      Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
      Glistens likecoral in all the neighbouring gardens,
      And today we have naming of parts.


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