Poetry Friday: When It Is Snowing

February 5th, 2010

Here in Portland, the snow has taken an unseasonable absence and the sun is expected to stay with us all weekend. But some 500 miles southwest, our friends in the Washington, D.C. area are expecting up to 28 inches of snow by tomorrow night. And so this Poetry Friday, we wanted to provide an opportunity for some reflection amid the storm warnings and snow plows…

This week’s poem was written by Siv Cedering, a Swedish-American writer, poet, translator, illustrator, sculptor, and composer. Though she passed away in 2007, her diverse body of work continues to be recognized and admired throughout the U.S. and Europe. Counted among Cedering’s fans are Pat Johnson and Katie Keier, who use the poem for a think aloud as they model visualizing with poetry to aid comprehension in Catching Readers Before They Fall, due out next month.

When It Is Snowing
by Siv Cedering

When it is snowing
the blue jay
is the only piece of
sky
in my
backyard.

“When It Is Snowing” originally appeared in Color Poems, published by Calliopea Press in 1978. It is used with permission of the estate of Siv Cedering.

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