Inspired by the London Snow

Photo courtesy of  Daily Mail
Whether you’ve had an amazing weekend playing in it or been hiding from it indoors with a cup of hot chocolate firmly in hand, you have to admit snow makes the world look quite pretty. And it turns some of us into little children fascinated by snow angels, enthusiastically building snow men and taking part in snow ball fights. 

We found that poets can be inspired by the fun white stuff, too. First out of the two favourites, this very cute Winnie the Pooh poem was written by who else but A A Milne:

The more it snows ~
tiddely pom,
The more it goes ~
tiddely pom,
The more it goes ~
tiddely pom
On snowing ~

And nobody knows~
tiddely pom ,
How cold my toes ~
tiddely pom,
Are growing.

As we all know it's not going to stay around for ever. Micheal Lasky’s poem Nobody (2004) encourages us all to go out and enjoy the snow and the wintry scenery whilst we can

If you can't bring yourself to build
a snowman or even to clench
a snowball or two to fling
at the pine tree trunk, at least
find some reason to take you out

of yourself: scrape a patch of grass clear
for the birds maybe; prod at your shrubs 
so they shake off the weight, straighten up;
or just stump about leaving prints
of your boots, your breath steaming out.

Promise. Don't let yourself in
for this moment again: the end
of the afternoon, drawing the curtains
on the glare of the garden, a whole
day of snow nobody's trodden. 

Our followers, venues and friends have also been enjoying the snow over the weekend and posted some lovely #snow photos online. Here's a few:

St Paul's Cathedral looking beautiful under the dark and mysterious sky on Friday

Tower of London dusted with snow this morning