Ode to a Blizzard

By Tom Disch 1940–2008 Tom Disch
O! wonderful for weight and whiteness!
       Ideolog whose absolutes
               Are always proven right
                      By white and then
               More white and white again,
       Winning the same argument year
After year by making the opposition

O! dear miniature of infinity with no
       End in sight and no snow-
             Flake exactly like
                      Another, all
             A little different no
       Matter how many may fall,
Just like our own DNA or the human face

O! still keep covering the street
       And sidewalks, cemeteries, even
               Our twice-shoveled drive,
                      And all that is alive,
               With geometries that sleet
       Will freeze into Death's
Impromptu vision of a heaven
                              Wholly white!

For we know who your sponsor is, whose will
       You so immensely serve,
               Whose chill is more severe
                      Than any here.
               Though his name may be unspoken,
       His commandments are unbroken,
And every monument that you erect
                              Belongs to him!

Source: Poetry (December 2001).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2001 issue of Poetry magazine

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December 2001
 Tom  Disch


A pioneering author of speculative fiction, Tom Disch was also a noted poet, librettist, children’s author, essayist, theater critic, writer of historical novels, and author of computer-interactive fiction. Born in Iowa in 1940, Disch grew up in Minnesota and moved to New York City in the late 1950s. He attended both Cooper University and New York University, but did not graduate from either institution. During his time in New . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Religion, Winter, Weather, God & the Divine

Poetic Terms Alliteration, Rhymed Stanza, Ode

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