Kooser: 'American Life in Poetry' (Nov. 10) - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:48 pm
Kooser: 'American Life in Poetry' (Nov. 10)

Here’s a lovely poem about snow falling on San Antonio by Mo H. Saidi, an obstetrician and writer who, in addition to his medical training, has a Master’s degree in English and Literature from Harvard.

The Night of the Snowfall

Snow falls gently in the Hill Country
covering the meadows and the valleys.
The sluggish streaks of smoke climb quietly
from the roofs but fail to reach the lazy clouds.

On Alamo Plaza in the heart of the night
and under the flood of lights, the flakes float
like frozen moths and glow like fireflies.
They drop on the blades of dormant grass.

They alight on the cobblestones and live awhile
in silence, they dissolve before dawn.
The wet limestone walls of the mission
glow proudly after the night of snowfall.

Poem copyright 2010 by Mo H. Saidi from his most recent book of poems, “The Color of Faith,” Pecan Grove Press, 2010. Poem reprinted by permission of Mo H. Saidi and the publisher.

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