Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January - Updike's Take

In keeping with tradition here at Maine-ly Home, here's John Updike's take on January. If you haven't gotten your hands on A Child's Calendar, make it a resolution. It's a great book of monthly poems by John Updike with lovely illustrations depicting Vermont family life. I was introduced to the book via my daughter's Montessori school where the kids memorized the poems each month (talk about precious!).


The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thing between
The dark and dark

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor,
And parkas pile up
Near the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees' black lace

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

1 comment:

  1. so true of these dark days of january....and short enough that I may be able to memorize it..