A March Snow

Let the old snow be covered with the new:
The trampled snow, so soiled, and stained, and sodden.
Let it be hidden wholly from our view
By pure white flakes, all trackless and untrodden.
When Winter dies, low at the sweet Spring’s feet
Let him be mantled in a clean, white sheet.

Let the old life be covered by the new:
The old past life so full of sad mistakes,
Let it be wholly hidden from the view
By deeds as white and silent as snow-flakes.

Ere this earth life melts in the eternal Spring
Let the white mantle of repentance fling
Soft drapery about it, fold on fold,
Even as the new snow covers up the old.

This was a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, she is an American poet who isn’t that well known, but is best remember for her poem Solitude which opens “Laugh, and the world laughs with you.”  I didn’t know that saying came from a poem. A March Snow is a little poem I decided to share to mark what many hope is an end to winter and the return of spring. If that doesn’t work out them perhaps to remind us all that spring will come again eventually.

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