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Shadow Lake Snow Snakes
Carl Palmer


Not the inviting cotton candy snow
scene on a holiday greeting card
or sparkling fluffy flakes floating
softly in the shaken crystal globe,

these wind whipped ice shards blown,
thrown, stinging, not sticking, hurled,
swirled across bare brown ground like
long white snakes slithering in the sand.

© by Carl Palmer.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Carl “Papa” Palmer lives in University Place, Washington now, but grew up on Old Mill Road (the name of his latest book) in Ridgeway, Virginia. Retired from the military and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he enjoys being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer and being “Papa” to his grand descendants. Carl is the author of nine chapbooks and his work has been published in more than 200 journals around the world. His motto is "Long Weekends Forever!"


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Wilda Morris:
Good descriptive language - and contrast.
Posted 12/08/2023 08:12 AM
The kind of snow that makes you stay inside!
Posted 12/06/2023 12:17 AM
Lori Levy:
Like the contrast between the "cotton candy snow" in the first verse and the "ice shards" in the second one.
Posted 12/05/2023 02:44 PM
Shadow Lake is located in the Papillion suburb of Omaha Nebraska, home of my three grandboys and their parents.
Posted 12/05/2023 01:00 PM
also LOVE the tee shirt!!
Posted 12/05/2023 11:26 AM
perfect descriptions!! love this<3
Posted 12/05/2023 11:25 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Nicely done poem. Seen those snakes at -20 across crusted snow from between a horses ears.
Posted 12/05/2023 10:46 AM
Love the imagery (and alliteration)!
Posted 12/05/2023 10:45 AM
I have seen those snakes slithering on the highway.
Posted 12/05/2023 09:42 AM
Everything that Sharon said. :)
Posted 12/05/2023 09:35 AM
Larry Schug:
Woo! I'm going to stay indoors
Posted 12/05/2023 07:55 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Love the alliteration and the s sounds and the metaphor of snakes for snow which makes the poem creative and unique. Favorite images: long white snakes slithering in the sand.
Posted 12/05/2023 07:54 AM

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