Monday, 2 February 2009


DUST OF SNOW by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Snow is a strange yet beautiful aspect of nature. It makes mundane objectives into works of art. The ground is white and pure and having the satisfaction of stepping into fresh laid snow leaving a clean imprint of your footstep, makes you reminise on your innocence of childhood. Looking out my window into this new enchanted world of white just puts British culture into perspective. It becomes very apparent that everyday life has come to a hault all because of a climate change. People panic as their morning routine stops them from going to work as roads aren't cleared and public transport isn't functioning as it normally does. It is exactly the same in the opposite conditions. When the British weather reaches a point of being too hot again normal everyday occurances don't function as they should. People rush out to buy abundances of fans or coolers. They buy excessive amounts of ice from shops just because it is there and apparently NOW an essential element for the individual to survive during the freak weather period. I suppose the few and rare times that the British weather has caused people to act in a manner that can be considered abnormal, at least some individuals or businesses are making a profit. There is always a moment of insanity that someone is going to think up of a gimmick or product that will serve its purpose for rare occurances such as freak weather conditions, and then they are pleased with themselves that only they had the idea to invent such a business. It amused me whilst walking, or more like shuffling slowly to avoid falling over on the ice, that people were enjoying the weather conditions, either making snow angels, having snow fights or even making a fictional yet stereotypical snowman. It reminded me as a child that whatever the weather I would find myself out in the garden with my brothers and sister playing some sort of game just to entertain ourselves and avoid the drivel that was on television. Just for those couple of days it made the majority of people happy in the notion that they actually wanted to go outdoors and enjoy themselves rather than staying indoors, couped up and just letting the world pass them by. I feel that the amount of technology around and available is stopping people from doing the simple things in life and this is slowly ruining today's younger generation. All it takes are these snow days to allow people to realise that there is something more interesting out in the wider world, which in one case is quite sad and another is a good thing reminding people to be active with their lives.