Spotlight Poetry – Snow in the Suburbs – A poem by Thomas Hardy

The image depicts a painting titled  Winter Tilburg by the artist Alexander Trifonov. The work is a minimalist, modern and surrealist winter landscape painting. The composition is geometrical by design and order through the use of straight lights and unexpected shapes of a city buildings and a lone tree besides a church.The image supports the poem Snow in the Suburbs written by the poet Thomas Hardy.
© Alexander Trifonov, Winter Tilburg, 2021

Snow in the Suburbs by Thomas Hardy

Every branch big with it,
Bent every twig with it;

Every fork like a white web-foot;
Every street and pavement mute:
Some flakes have lost their way, and grope back upward, when
Meeting those meandering down they turn and descend again.

The palings are glued together like a wall,
And there is no waft of wind with the fleecy fall.

A sparrow enters the trees,
Whereon immediately

A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eyes,
And overturns him,
And near inurns him,

And lights on a nether twig, when its brush
Starts off a volley of other lodging lumps with a rush.

The steps are a blanched slope,
Up which, with feeble hope,

A black cat comes, wide-eyed and thin:
And we take him in.

Poem Attribution © Thomas Hardy, Snow in the Suburbs

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Painting Attribution © Alexander Trifonov, Winter Tilburg, 2021

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