Slice of Life Challenge day 9 #sol18

Playing with parallel structure and playful frustration today in a poem about snow days…


(above) view from bedroom into backyard, 7:04 a.m.

March Snow

First snow day
Greeted with guilty exuberance
What's one day?
Hot cocoa inside
Family time extended
    books, toys, baking

Fourth snow day
Met with mild resignation
What's another day, right?
Cocoa and coffee inside
Let's try to get out there today
    snow angels, failed snowmen, cold noses

Seventh snow day
Received with palpable consternation
Really? Another day?
Too much coffee inside
Stir crazy children, over-caffeinated adults
    youtube, complaining, lamenting of summer lost

Tenth snow day
Make it stop.

-Lanny Ball



Author: Lanny Ball

For more than 29 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a former co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting writing teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

10 thoughts on “Slice of Life Challenge day 9 #sol18”

  1. I love the progression of your poem using repetition. It gives voice to your obvious frustration with the winter weather. I hope spring comes soon.
    Thanks for all your comments on my students’ posts. They get so excited about outside comments.

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  2. We’ve had no snow days here and wouldn’t mind one – but 10??!! I remember when my kids were young and how snow days started off so magically, but after a few days the novelty wore off. You’ve captured that so well in your poem.


  3. I enjoyed the progression. The parallel format, with the small exceptions in lines, builds the emotion. Such truism here. I have tried this type of progression, but haven’t been successful. I might have a go with your mentor text here ~

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  4. What a strange, strange winter this has been. Southern Ontario usually gets lots of snow – we have only had a couple of days of any depth. The past 2 weeks have been almost springlike. Now we have a few flurries and around freezing temps – just as my bulbs start to come up. Loved your poems.

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