poet David Berman

David Berman

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Snow

Walking through a field with my little brother Seth

I pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
For some reason, I told him that a troop of angels
had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground.

He asked who had shot them and I said a farmer.


Then we were on the roof of the lake.
The ice looked like a photograph of water.

Why he asked. Why did he shoot them.

I didn't know where I was going with this.

They were on his property, I said.


When it's snowing, the outdoors seem like a room.

Today I traded hellos with my neighbor.
Our voices hung close in the new acoustics.
A room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling.

We returned to our shoveling, working side by side in silence.


But why were they on his property, he asked.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • joseph (10/9/2020 11:11:00 AM)

    i am watching this to get a grade?

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  • joseph (10/9/2020 11:06:00 AM)

    wow hes like a demon

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  • joseph (10/9/2020 11:01:00 AM)

    it sounds like a robot

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  • Sunny (8/12/2020 2:09:00 AM)

    David Berman

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (7/24/2020 11:45:00 PM)

    This is a 'Modern Poem'. I am not modern. So regrettably, I didn't understand it at all!

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/24/2020 10:35:00 PM)

    Everything is transitory and only memories remain....very insightful......very well crafted 10++

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/24/2020 3:43:00 PM)

    Today I traded hellos with my neighbor.
    Our voices hung close in the new acoustics.
    A room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling.
    We returned to our shoveling, working side by side in silence.
    very fine poem. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/24/2020 3:42:00 PM)

    pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
    For some reason, I told him that a troop of angels
    had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground.
    angels and kids. a fine poem. tony

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (7/24/2020 9:29:00 AM)

    Quite a curious little boy! Enjoyable!

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/24/2020 8:03:00 AM)

    This poem is well executed by David Berman. Thanks and congratulations for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (7/24/2020 4:28:00 AM)

    Congratulations as The Modern Poem Of The Day.
    Good poem with extraordinanry fantasy. Impressing.

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (7/24/2020 3:50:00 AM)

    A great poem that emphasizes the voice of a younger sibling resounding in one's mind. Older brothers and sisters are supposed to have all the answers. Loved it!

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  • baby momma (4/28/2020 9:48:00 AM)

    what's poppin'

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  • chase bailey (4/6/2020 12:53:00 PM)

    this is a really good poem but I don't understand any of it

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/12/2020 2:41:00 PM)

    I pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
    For some reason, I told him that a troop of angels
    had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground. a great poem, wonderful imagination. tony

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/12/2020 1:06:00 AM)

    excellent poem penned; great 10+++++

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/12/2020 1:06:00 AM)

    for the property
    for the transitory property
    the killing is happened
    in the angelic snow field! ! !

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  • ITS OVER 9000 (1/30/2020 4:31:00 PM)

    I don't even know what to type currently and im just typing this to reach the minimum 20 characters limit so hi

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  • Morgan Freeman (11/18/2019 9:34:00 PM)

    The rode not taken by Robert frost.2 roads diverge

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  • poems rule (11/7/2019 3:12:00 PM)

    neat poemneat poemneat poemneat poemneat poemneat poem

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