Claude McKay

(15 September 1889 – 22 May 1948 / Clarendon)

The Snow Fairy - Poem by Claude McKay

I

Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Whirling fantastic in the misty air,
Contending fierce for space supremacy.
And they flew down a mightier force at night,
As though in heaven there was revolt and riot,
And they, frail things had taken panic flight
Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet.
I went to bed and rose at early dawn
To see them huddled together in a heap,
Each merged into the other upon the lawn,
Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep.
The sun shone brightly on them half the day,
By night they stealthily had stol'n away.


II

And suddenly my thoughts then turned to you
Who came to me upon a winter's night,
When snow-sprites round my attic window flew,
Your hair disheveled, eyes aglow with light.
My heart was like the weather when you came,
The wanton winds were blowing loud and long;
But you, with joy and passion all aflame,
You danced and sang a lilting summer song.
I made room for you in my little bed,
Took covers from the closet fresh and warm,
A downful pillow for your scented head,
And lay down with you resting in my arm.
You went with Dawn. You left me ere the day,
The lonely actor of a dreamy play.

Topic(s) of this poem: snow


Comments about The Snow Fairy by Claude McKay

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/5/2016 10:44:00 PM)

    Narration of heavy snow fall and snow flakes descending in the form of fairies on earth in great hurry is amazing.
    The condition of heaps of snow by night and the description, By night they stealthily had stolen away is simply superb imagery. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (2/5/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    My word, this was luscious. I am finding so many new poets on this site to settle down with and read on a cold winter evening with the fire snapping and popping and I am sipping a cup of hot chocolate. (Report) Reply

  • Dershish Kebab (2/5/2016 9:38:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful poem. I had not heard of Claude McKay before, but I will have to read more of his poems. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/5/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    You went with Dawn. You left me ere the day,
    The lonely actor of a dreamy play. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris Godfrey Morris (2/5/2016 7:44:00 AM)

    I love this poem by Claude mckay (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (2/5/2016 7:33:00 AM)

    The lonely actor in a dreamy play- - What a fantastic dream-play is enacted through this lonely actor- -the snow fairies dancing- - beloved comes when heart is like the weather- - -a marvelous write where nature and human feelings intermingled. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/5/2016 4:57:00 AM)

    As though in heaven there was revolt and riot,
    And they, frail things had taken panic flight
    Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet.

    Very nice image and nice poem. Good reflection of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (2/5/2016 1:27:00 AM)

    Winter and snow! To redpect nature. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/29/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    A lonely actor in a dreamy player........Great imagination and likes it. (Report) Reply

  • Gwenifer Sealby (5/21/2010 2:50:00 PM)

    love this, it's really beautiful (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/5/2016 8:31:00 PM)

    Indeed, it is a really beautiful poem, full of rich imagination :)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 8, 2015


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