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Picture 10183119, photograph by Andrew Besley, 1960s, image copyright Mary Evans / Andrew Besley

Random Notes in Favour of Snow
by Geraldine Mitchell

 

because one must have a mind of winter

123456white as, pure as, soft as, quiet as

 

night magic, morning curtains leaking gleam

123456the child in us expectant, silenced, small

 

cars tucked up, muffled under puffy drifts

123456bird tracks etching dance moves

 

snowflakes vanishing on eager tongues

123456snowmen, snowballs, carrots, hats

 

the taste of gloves, the smell of wool

123456compacted crystals screaking under boots

thinning dreams of arctic blue                   then snowmelt

123456calving icebergs pure as, white as

 

 

© Geraldine Mitchell

Picture 10183119, photograph by Andrew Besley, 1960s, image copyright Mary Evans / Andrew Besley

 

 

Irish Poet Geraldine Mitchell has published four collections: World Without Maps (2011), Of Birds and Bones (2014), Mountains for Breakfast (2017) and, most recently, Mute/Unmute (2020). She is published by Arlen House. Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and was the overall winner in the inaugural Tr√≥caire-Poetry Ireland poetry competition in 2012. Most recently, she was placed second in the 2021 Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Widely published in journals in Ireland and the UK, she has also frequently been broadcast on RT√Č radio and appeared in The Irish Times and The Examiner newspapers. Having worked for many years in France and Spain, she now lives on the Co. Mayo coast.¬† www.geraldinemitchell.net

 

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