Stevie Taite

Rookie - 318 Points (30th January 1973 / Kent, England)

Snowflakes - Poem by Stevie Taite

Each intricate snowflake that lands on your glove
Or diagonals its way to the ground
pray wish for conditions to favour its stay
As much beauty in them can be found.

Their life story starts when the temperature falls
To between two and zero degrees
The precipitation falls away from a cloud
Pulled by gravity, destined to freeze

In high atmosphere, the thin air is not clear
It is sprinkled with pollen and dust
Extremely cold droplets of water stick fast
And encase each in hard icy crust

So there is its birth, and the embryo grows
From crystal so tiny and pure
The journey to Earth sees it widen its girth
As vapour collects more and more

It's crystalline arms grow in numbers of six
And all mirrored in sweat symmetry
The molecules merge, with arrangement they fit
Like they knew where their place had to be.

More wondrous still is how each is unique
Not ever can two be alike.
Conditions are constantly in state of flux
On the path that they take whilst in flight.

A selection of prisms and Lacey designs
Or needles and feathery fluff
Make sure you take time to examine a few
If they manage to last long enough!

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Or google snowflake images! They are yet another wonder of nature!

Comments about Snowflakes by Stevie Taite

  • Ruby Honeytip (1/22/2013 4:02:00 PM)

    I feel a bit cooler after reading this: -)
    Thank you for bringing snow to my world xxx It wouldn't last long where I am standing: -)
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  • Saadat Tahir (1/20/2013 10:17:00 PM)

    how beautifully descriptive...well done

    almost a journal entry into the life and being of a snow flake
    loved it
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  • Jahan Zeb (1/20/2013 3:16:00 AM)

    Great Stevie. Snowflakes.......................... I loved the first stanza. So much close to nature. Really nice Stevie. And then the life story of the snow flake. Creative and fascinating
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  • Valsa George (1/20/2013 12:45:00 AM)

    The entire life history of snowflakes from conception to resurrection, beautifully described! ! Among the many marvels of Nature, the hail and the snow are also great wonders! ! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (1/19/2013 3:37:00 PM)

    A true wonder of nature, a really wonderful write, made me stop to take a further look outside as snowflakes are having a great meeting at the moment. (Report) Reply

  • Sandy Player (1/19/2013 11:07:00 AM)

    Wheres the bit about ignorant gritter men carelessly throwing equally amazing yet vastly more common salt onto the snow and ruining the charles dickens-esque scene? (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/19/2013 10:41:00 AM)

    A wonder indeed Stevie, and so beautifully described in your poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 20, 2013

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