Litany for Melted Snow by Janice D. Soderling

Litany for Melted Snow

I remember the sky, gray as an iron cupola over the cobblestone square.
I remember the cobblestones glistening with a pure patina of frost.
I remember the snowflakes suddenly turning cartwheels, giddy as my heart.
I remember the fountain, empty as my heart the month before.
I remember icicles on the eaves of the buildings and a sign that read
Danger. Cross to the other side
I remember cathedral bells ringing as they had done for seven hundred years.
I remember them ringing as if for the first time.
I remember the lights going on in the windows around the square.
I remember your eyes as doors opening to the future.
I remember I had known you one week and one day.
I remember your letter, folded in my pocket.
I remember people hurrying to and fro across the ancient square.
I remember that to all intents and purposes, we stood there alone.
I remember where you stood, where I stood.
I remember every time I pass by there.
I remember it was December, a season for giving.
I remember you saying I have to go now but you stayed.
I remember you saying again I have to go but you didn’t move.
I remember you saying I’ll miss my train.
I remember bells pealing, snow falling.
I remember it was like coming home after a long arduous journey.
How could I not remember?

by Janice D. Soderling

Editor’s Note: The heart always knows what to remember, as this poem so beautifully reminds us.

2 thoughts on “Litany for Melted Snow by Janice D. Soderling

  1. Beautiful poem. I like the anaphora. Somehow it suggests the increasing snow. The closing lines, after the mention of missing the train, is lovely.

  2. This succeeds in the neat trick of having all the lines but two begin with “I remember.” It also creates great interest in the place, short of actually giving it away. Very “memorable” poem.

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