by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956)

The Snow‑Man
Language: English 
What shape is this in cowl of snow?
Stiff broom and icy hat?
A saffron moon, half-hidden, stares —
But what is she staring at?

The knocker dangles on the door,
But stark as tree and post
He blankly eyes the bright green paint,
Is silent as a ghost.

But wait till belfry midnight strike,
And up to the stars is tossed
Shrill cockcrow! — then, he’ll gadding go —
And, at his heels, Jack Frost:

Broom over shoulder, away he’ll go,
Finger-tips tingling, nose aglow,
Dancing and yodelling through the snow,
And, at his heels, Jack Frost!


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