Tuesday, February 24, 2015



It’s late

I’ve been shoveling snow

the woods are dark deep done

and so what if I’m

done shoveling for the night

the snow is still falling

it's been falling for months

it will fall while we sleep

snow doesn’t sleep

it’s here and then it's gone

it isn't worried about your hardship

it will melt in good time

you will forget

about it all

by spring and

spring isn’t in a hurry either

you’re out of luck


Bob Arnold

White-breasted Nuthatch


Luster said...

Dear Bob,

More than snow got moved. Nice one.

stay close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ever thanks, Mike.

Put away the shovel.

Put away the poem.

all's well, Bob

Eero Ruuttila said...

I like the weather report, Bob… as in "I can relate"… more than 100 inches of snow here w/most dumped in previous 30 days. Quite a few full days dedicated to shoveling, roof raking, ice dam busting, & greenhouse/high tunnel structure(s) saving. A lot of wishing directed to not having "to go out." It's the time of year farmers schedule winter conferences & I've been booked up delivering the goods.

A voice I've been listening to on the long car drives down to Connecticut is Sturgill Simpson. His "Time After All" & "Long White Line" warrant the repeat button. No secret if you follow his inspiration you end up w/"Waymore's Blues" at the back door of Waylon's honky tonk mansion. (Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?)

postcript: checkout Henry Horenstein's "Honky Tonk"… I met Henry in the basement of a used record & clothing store in Allston a while back this winter before the snow began to pile up. He was showing a new short film about Austin's famed Wagon Wheel…

gonna be a lotta water percolating up from shallow wells this spring.


Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...


Good to hear from you!

Yes, Sturgill Simpson I already have slated for a future jukebox on the Birdhouse. In fact, I have three jukebox units ready to roll but I need 8 days a week to be able to situate everything I'm tempted by and excited about.

We shovel everything still by hand so we're feeling pretty tidy, and it's very cold, even tipping into March, but the daylight is longer and the sun isn't warm but it looks warm and that's half of fooling one out of winter and into spring.

all's well, Bob