Snow Day


Snow Day
“Put on your coat. It’s freezing out there.”
– My mother

I woke to the ticker-tack of sleet
on my bedroom window
in the middle of a school night
after the weatherman had predicted
several inches.

How could I sleep on this snowday eve,
more magical that Christmas?

Even in the dim dawn
there was doubt, despite
the unblemished layer of white
outside. Radio on.

Anticipation builds
like my Boo Berry cereal
floating in the milk,
as I listened to boring news.

This was Ohio in the good ole days
when weather was never the lead
and they wouldn’t cancel for just any storm.

Wilmington City Schools are closed.

I leapt from the kitchen table
knocking over my chair
thinking only of snow forts
and sled races while my mother
struggled to bundle me up.

Then bolt through the front door
and leave my coat crumpled on the ground
to be lost under still falling snow.

(Written from this month’s Visual Poetry Prompt.)


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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14 Responses to Snow Day

  1. phillswrites says:

    I grew up back east as well. Snow days were everything!! Beautiful memories here. 😊

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    So sweet and charming!

    I was a Captain Crunch fan myself.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Cassa Bassa says:

    Yap we touched it out all weather conditions.

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    BTW I have just read your 2 poems in the Hidden in Childhood Anthology..I enjoyed reading them. The teacber loved music and died young is quite sad. Maybe you wanted to cry but just didn’t want to be like the crying girls. I am not sure.

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