The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Waking up to Snow’ by Peter Taylor

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This week, Peter Taylor is awarded Poem of the Week for his piece Waking up to Snow. It's the second time Peter has received this award, so congratulations to him! Our thanks, too, for his responses to our Q&A, which we reproduce below, along with the poem.


What got you into writing poetry?
For me, poetry is my primary mode of expression of thoughts and ideas, Parkinson's having made others very difficult to sustain.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing now for just short of seven years.
Do you go to any open-mic nights?
I do go to open-mic nights and really enjoy them – a great way to spend an evening with a bunch of human beings celebrating and developing their skills and enriching their lives. Beats watching telly by a mile!
What’s your favourite poet/poem?
Still Prufrock
You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
I guess, dull as it may sound, it has to be my laptop!

Waking up to Snow
by Peter Taylor


Woke up to snow today and was
glad I had to be up and out,
to be about before the silence broke.
I like the idea of white all round,
emerging as the night draws back,
revealing random perambulations, say,
of a fox that senses scents are dulled
beneath the snowy overlay.
My turn to tread and feel the ease
of printing paths across the land –
more clearly than a walk on sand,
earth, grass or stone; now I could
send a snow-code note to all those
watching from above. Who might they be?
I guess that with snow signs you must believe
and so say something others see.
First light snow alone, a brand new
canvas for the ice-smith, starting fresh;
man’s home for a moment washed, pure
and cleansed. Lay those words end to end
and you’ll get some idea of the simple
goodness in any layer of white –
come my night, turn me inside out and
cover me, bathed in bright moonlight.
A score more cures, I’m bound to say,
array themselves in my tidied mind,
alongside new opportunities – though
subdued in winter’s grey; a shaft of light required to
set on fire the snowflake chandelier,
to give the clearest view of works of art
that wait patiently, yet are anxious to be
freed from the shadows in our hearts.
My choice today of such treasures:
joy unmeasured, all those photographs
I’ve long meant my fasting soul to feast on,
of five, bright, young lights – now grown and
flown, in the sense that hugs all round
give way to softer caresses of thankful thoughts;
a touch of sorts and we are more than grateful for it –
and for the snow’s good work, of course.


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John Marks

Sun 16th Dec 2018 22:22

Well sustained Peter. It is easy to let poems like this peter out. Snow is beautiful at first fall but soon the virgin blankness is trodden into sludge, at least in my city.


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Sun 16th Dec 2018 20:32

Wonderful Peter, congratulations. 😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 14th Dec 2018 22:31

Well done Peter..well deserved recognition of an excellent poem and poet..🎉

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Peter Taylor

Thu 13th Dec 2018 22:27

Dear commentators,
thank you all so much for your generously given time in reading and reacting to my words. It is a privilege to be granted audience and your thoughts.
Not being terribly well endowed in terms of technology, I don't know why it was that Taylor's comment (and the initial ones from Jennifer and Ray) got detached from the cumulative list. My thanks, of course, go to each of them also.
I think WOL is a superb site – I don't know how many members there are but I think it's wonderful to be privy to such a great range of writing. I often wonder whether there will ever be opportunity to meet up with more of our fellow cyber-scribblers – but then again I guess that it's out there doing what it does for the precise reason that we are unlikely to do so. Ah well...

jennifer Malden

Thu 13th Dec 2018 15:53

Congratulations on POTW! Had spotted it earlier on and thought it was really fantastic. Beautiful language and very introspective. Very well deserved indeed.

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Brian Maryon

Wed 12th Dec 2018 17:44

Congrats Peter.

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Julian (Admin)

Wed 12th Dec 2018 12:12

A lovely, reflective, well-wrought poem that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Thank you.

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Tue 11th Dec 2018 21:27

I already commented on this Peter, but just to say congratulations. You seem to have a great knack of the contemplative, and lead us gently by the hand into forests of poetry.


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Greg Freeman

Tue 11th Dec 2018 17:45

Another fine example of your unique, contemplative style, Peter. Congratulations on your second POTW!

Big Sal

Mon 10th Dec 2018 22:04

Nicely done.👍

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 10th Dec 2018 16:01

Some literary splendour brought to a simple act of nature.

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 10th Dec 2018 13:10


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Jon Stainsby

Mon 10th Dec 2018 12:45

Congratulations, Peter.

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