Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

The Trouble With Snowmen - Poem by Roger McGough

'The trouble with snowmen,'
Said my father one year
'They are no sooner made
than they just disappear.

I'll build you a snowman
And I'll build it to last
Add sand and cement
And then have it cast.

And so every winter,'
He went on to explain
'You shall have a snowman
Be it sunshine or rain.'

And that snowman still stands
Though my father is gone
Out there in the garden
Like an unmarked gravestone.

Staring up at the house
Gross and misshapen
As if waiting for something
Bad to happen.

For as the years pass
And I grow older
When summers seem short
And winters colder.

The snowmen I envy
As I watch children play
Are the ones that are made
And then fade away.


Comments about The Trouble With Snowmen by Roger McGough

  • (6/15/2019 7:18:00 AM)

    A marvelous trip down the memory lane and revisiting childhood memoirs about snowmen shared with late father. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/21/2019 9:06:00 AM)

    your mum gay suck you mum gayboy (Report)Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (9/3/2018 12:59:00 AM)

    I wonder as to why so many people have disliked this poet,2960, as against 1677 who have liked! Some people might be deliberately doing it. (Report)Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (9/3/2018 12:55:00 AM)

    'And that snowman still stands
    Though my father is gone
    Out there in the garden
    Like an unmarked gravestone - Oh, what a beautiful metaphor!
    Blossoming into full life and then fading away is the obvious rule of nature. Anyone trying to stick around beyond stipulated time does so like an 'unmarked gravestone'.
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  • Susan Williams (9/2/2018 8:26:00 PM)

    I just returned from reading the comments below on this poem. There are some very heavy thinkers among us and some very original commentators- -yea! ! ! for the members of PH- -continue sharing your views with the rest of us despite the presence of egomaniacal trolls who occasionally show up! ! ! Thank you all. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (9/2/2018 11:36:00 AM)

    The fun and then the powerful image of life's every movement as time goes by and we all 'fade away' (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (9/2/2018 8:40:00 AM)

    So that snowman still stands like an unmarked gravestone.....very thought provoking poem. Not in tune with time everything stands out of place. (Report)Reply

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  • Sarah Persson (9/2/2018 8:24:00 AM)

    Such a brilliant poem, I love it (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (9/2/2018 8:11:00 AM)

    Looks like there should be a comma, not a period, after the 6th stanza. That set aside, this poem speaks simply and poignantly about the passage of time from the perspective of us in our latter years, including the folly of trying to hold on when there will be new beauty, new wonders to engage us. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Baquee Billah Ahmed (9/2/2018 5:51:00 AM)

    superb............................................thnks for sharing.... (Report)Reply

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  • John Beaton (9/2/2018 3:44:00 AM)

    Fine poem and fine sentiment (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/2/2018 3:43:00 AM)

    Such an outstanding poem by Roger McGough👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • (9/2/2018 3:09:00 AM)

    A snow joke poem of the reality of living too long? Nicely constructed Rog (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/2/2018 1:17:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem nicely executed. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Nicole Settimi (6/26/2018 11:31:00 AM)

    Nice one. I enjoy his lyrical rythym as much the metaphors. Thx for this. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/10/2018 9:38:00 PM)

    an enchanting poem. Love life as it is, melting snowman and all and not a cement distortion (Report)Reply

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  • (4/23/2018 3:26:00 AM)

    come on crystal palace we love you (Report)Reply

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  • (1/4/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    I love this poem it really makes my think a bit deeper into life (Report)Reply

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  • (10/10/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    I agree with Helena Pearce, I think the beauty of a snowman is in it's ephemeral quality. In fact I think this is about appreciation of beauty. After going out with someone for so long, you often don't appreciate their beauty as much as you did when you first met them. The appreciation of beauty fades with familiarity. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/29/2009 3:05:00 PM)

    His troubled relationship with a remote and distant father are well dramatized here. He remains unable to separate the joys of childhood from the painful acceptance of broken promises but is acutely aware that the clock is ticking and the past cannot be re built. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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