“Snowfall”

Route 176 in Illinois, Thursday January 29, 2014 around 7:30 in the morning. Photo by Megan McDaniel

Route 176 in Illinois, Thursday January 29, 2014 around 7:30 in the morning. Photo by Megan McDaniel

When the world was young (1968), my friend John Battle wrote the poem below. This winter has brought it to my mind more than once.

  Snowfall

Whether it fell softly
In the cold, quiet
Air of early evening,
Or was carried helplessly along
In an erratic path of glory
By the awful winds of
The midnight blizzard;
Each delicate and
Infinitely unique
Snowflake has
Lost its identity
In this boundless, frozen mass.

John Battle

“Snowfall” first appeared in Outre’ #4, a fanzine I published in 1968 for the Southern Fandom Press Alliance.

cover by Glen Brock

cover by Glen Brock

Here’s another shot of Megan’s photo.

Route 176 in Illinois, Thursday January 29, 2014 around 7:30 in the morning. Photo by Megan McDaniel

Route 176 in Illinois, Thursday January 29, 2014 around 7:30 in the morning. Photo by Megan McDaniel

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About kentmcdanielwrites

Writer and musician.

One Response to ““Snowfall””

  1. This story reminds me of a time long ago. Stacks of hey and a crowded bar on the edge of town, set the stage for what will be a memory that will never be forgotten. Just like in a movie, the bar breaks out in a crowd fight complete with beer bottles shattering and fists flying. After the patrons thin out the band starts up again as if nothing ever happened. Boots and cowboy hats adorn the boys who’s voices are reminiscent of Waylon and Willie. These memories run vivid through my aging mind.

    But this is not a fiction. This is Kilos; the after hours haunt on the edge of town. That was a long time ago, in a land that is now far far away.

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