John Updike

(1932-2009 / Pennsylvania)


Poem by John Updike

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

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

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

Topic(s) of this poem: winter

Comments about January by John Updike

  • boi that knows everything (3/12/2019 3:44:00 PM)

    what is the Imagery of this poem(Report)Reply

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  • ..... (11/26/2018 10:00:00 AM)

    If you liked this poem go to this poet Adrian Henri is a great poet! ! ! TRUST ME! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/4/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    Extraordinary how he uses the common details of a January day to set us down in a place and time that then becomes a piece of our memory- -I'm way too young to have had milk delivered in bottles to my door step and experience their breaking because they froze yet now it feels as though I had experienced it.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (1/2/2015 8:32:00 PM)

    very fine, I like it, touching..(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/2/2015 8:17:00 PM)

    ...........winter has it's own special charms....nice...(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/2/2015 8:42:00 AM)

    A great writing about the winter and feels happiness.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014