Scent of snow

How can you name the scent of snow or the gentle kiss of frost?

How can you set the sounds of dusk to music when it tastes of tears?

How can you tell the difference between a stolen kiss and a rain in June?

How can this silent winter cold make thunder in an absent tense?

For the listener, who listens in the snow, 
And, nothing himself, beholds 
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is
Wallace Stevens

Snow Falling in the Lane
Edvard Munch

Laura hosts at dVerse on paradox. One choice is to write using the last line of Wallace Stevens’ “The snow man”, and my idea was to write questions matching his answer. Which was my way of going beyond the meaning or resolution of opposites.

For me personally the quote invokes the memory of putting up your tent in snow away from the wind, and the realizing how silent the silence really can be.

February 23, 2021

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19 responses to “Scent of snow

  1. ‘Snow Falling in the Lane’ by Munch conveys the scent (and silence) of snow and the ‘gentle kiss of frost’ perfectly, Björn, as does your poem. I love how you took the line by Wallace Stevens (I chose that option too) and matched his answer with questions, a great way to explore paradox.

  2. I think you’ve expertly captured the mood of the Stevens poem here Bjorn. I love your last line: ‘How can this silent winter cold make thunder in an absent tense?’

  3. This is exquisitely drawn, Bjorn! I especially love; “How can you set the sounds of dusk to music when it tastes of tears?” Woww! 💝💝

  4. I especially love these words:
    “How can you set the sounds of dusk to music when it tastes of tears?”
    And oh yes….I’ve heard winter snow thunder here in Boston. SO unusual!

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