Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,586 Points (25th March 1943)

Mr Snowman - Poem by Ernestine Northover

All alone, a snowman stands, staring out at the world.
What a life!
Short, cold, freezing really,
rigidly waiting for the 'melting' feeling to arrive.

The children have made him as comfortable as they can.
A nice bright red check scarf, a carrot nose, which he can nibble on, if he gets a bit peckish!
Nice black velvet hat, which he feels is worth having, cos it makes him feel important, and keeps his head warm!

They usually build him a friend, someone he can chat to, but not this year.
Apart from a robin who sings, way up above his head, in the holly bush, he's alone,
and time hangs heavily upon him, especially when the long nights descend.

But, he's just a snowman, a no-man,
yet he gives the children such pleasure, which cheers his chilly heart
and makes his 'life' worthwhile.

© Ernestine Northover

Comments about Mr Snowman by Ernestine Northover

  • Andrew Blakemore (9/18/2008 1:15:00 PM)

    A very sweet and heart-warming piece Ernestine. Love, Andrew x (Report) Reply

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  • (7/20/2007 9:29:00 PM)

    Ernestine, I love this piece - you capture the bitter/sweet reality of your subject with a soft brush and gentle humour and yet your line 'he's just a snowman, a no man' rings a very serious bell indeed. A beautiful poem indeed. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2006 11:55:00 AM)

    The beauty of simplicity is perhaps the greatest gift of all.Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • (3/15/2006 5:35:00 AM)

    And the world teems with living snowmen whose loneliness is only alleviated by love or pleasure they give to others. I love the metaphorical edge to this poem. Susie. (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2005 12:42:00 AM)

    Beautiful and sweet. Well done.

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  • (12/3/2005 7:03:00 PM)

    Beautiful work, Ernistine so warm that the poem melts into itself. (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2005 4:39:00 PM)

    Oh I'm going to feel sad for snowmen too? You are such a softy! Very fun little tender poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 3, 2005

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 6, 2008

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