poet Roger McGough

Roger McGough

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The Trouble With Snowmen

'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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • anonymous (4/5/2020 10:49:00 PM)

    This is a good poem. Im doing it for a project

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/15/2019 7:18:00 AM)

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

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul 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.

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul 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 WilliamsSusan 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.

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian 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'

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  • Savita TyagiSavita 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.

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

    Such a brilliant poem, I love it

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  • Glen KappyGlen 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

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

    superb............................................thnks for sharing....

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  • John BeatonJohn Beaton (9/2/2018 3:44:00 AM)

    Fine poem and fine sentiment

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

    Such an outstanding poem by Roger McGough👍👍👍

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  • Tom Allport (9/2/2018 3:09:00 AM)

    A snow joke poem of the reality of living too long? Nicely constructed Rog

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani 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.

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

    Nice one. I enjoy his lyrical rythym as much the metaphors. Thx for this.

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  • Poetry Lover (5/10/2018 9:38:00 PM)

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

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  • ryan murphy (4/23/2018 3:26:00 AM)

    come on crystal palace we love you

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  • Isabelle Scally (1/4/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    I love this poem it really makes my think a bit deeper into life

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