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N. M. Bodecker


When skies are low
and days are dark,
and frost bites
like a hungry shark,
when mufflers muffle
ears and nose,
and puffy sparrows
huddle close -
how nice to know
that February
is something purely

From Tumbledown Editions (1987).
Used with the permission of the N. M. Bodecker Literary Estate.

Niels Mogens Bodecker (1922 - 1988) was an author and illustrator who wrote books for both children and adults. Born and educated in Copenhagen, he emigrated to the United States after World War II and lived in New York City and Westport, Connecticut, before settling in Hancock, New Hampshire. His illustrations appeared in such publications as Harper's magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and Holiday, and he won two Christopher Awards for his poetry.

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I LOVE February!
Posted 02/15/2011 06:06 PM
Ah, but then there is March and who knows how much more snow the winds will blow in. Those 40 mph gusts today are only a harbinger of days to come. Hope not!
Posted 02/15/2011 08:22 AM
Its a very sweet poem, to the point, yes February !!
Posted 02/15/2011 04:20 AM

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