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Taste of Winter
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Ginny Lowe Connors


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for every dollar we didn’t have
another inch of snow
that year there was so much
we did not have
and so much snow
shifting in the shadow branches
that fell across the yard
it dreamed in silence
and for the first time my own dreams
remained invisible and blank
far away, cars carried people into their lives
my children in their too-small coats
scooped fresh snow into blue bowls
into each bowl I poured
a rich stripe of maple syrup
snow ice cream
they licked the bowls clean
the last crystal
melting on my daughter’s lip
looked like a light going out
for every dollar we didn’t have
an invention, a new game, a memory
laid down, cold but sweet
as good, I hoped, as money in the bank

by Ginny Lowe Connors.
Used with the author’s permission.
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Ginny Lowe Connors is an English teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut. The author of the collections The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line (Antrim House Books, 2012) and Barbarians in the Kitchen (Antrim House Books, 2005), a chapbook,Under the Porch (Hill-Stead Museum, 2010), and editor of several poetry collections, she's won numerous awards for her poetry, including Atlanta Review?s International Poetry Competition Prize and the 2010 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. She runs a small poetry press called Grayson Books.


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TheSilverOne:
What can I add to what has been said, except to say I loved reading this beautiful poem?
Posted 01/12/2013 04:18 PM
hanne gault:
You can tell a pro. good poem
Posted 01/12/2013 12:25 PM
Larry Schug:
This is what poetry is all about, not to mention the life lessons contained within. Thank you.
Posted 01/12/2013 11:10 AM
debrabruce:
The restraint and precision of the images is really impressive--and moving. And I admire the way you put the very personal into a larger context. Thanks--
Posted 01/12/2013 10:58 AM
debrabruce:
The restraint and precision of the images is really impressive--and moving. And I admire the way you put the very personal into a larger context. Thanks--
Posted 01/12/2013 10:58 AM
bronwen67:
Lovely poem. My children also love the ritual of making snow cream.
Posted 01/12/2013 10:06 AM
Gilbert Allen:
A sparsely elegant and moving poem
Posted 01/12/2013 09:56 AM
Buckner14:
I agree entirely with wordsmith and jeanie. This is a keeper.
Posted 01/12/2013 09:34 AM
wordsmith:
Better than money in the bank. Great poem.
Posted 01/12/2013 09:23 AM
Katrina:
Hugs!
Posted 01/12/2013 09:17 AM
jeanie:
love this poem's content and form, simple and wise. thank you!
Posted 01/12/2013 09:16 AM


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