Afternoon on a Snowbank

Adapted from Edna St. Vincent Millay


I will be the saddest thing
Under the sun!
I will shovel a hundred snowflakes
And not move one.

I will look at curbs and banks
With quiet eyes,
Watch the plow bow down the pile,
And the pile rise.

And when the lights begin to show
Through from the storm,
I will mark which must be mine:
Minnesota’s norm.



Mrs. Marie K. MacPherson, vice president of Into Your Hands LLC, lives in Casper, Wyoming, with her husband Ryan and their children, whom she homeschools. She is a certified Classical Lutheran Educator (Consortium for Classical Lutheran Educators), author of Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood (Old Testament vol., 2018; New Testament vol., 2023), and editor of Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More (2016).

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