snow

by E. Alma Flagg

Sh! it’s snowing!
Magic stuff that makes
The world a picture-book!
Soft and silent,
Fuzzy snow that hides
Each form and seeks each nook!

Look in wonder!
All the world that was
So dark is fair to see.
Breathe, but lightly,
Lest the sight that thrills
Us vanish suddenly.

Image: Matt Rainey/The Star-Ledger
Image: Matt Rainey/The Star-Ledger

E. Alma Flagg was poet laureate of East Side High School’s class of 1935. She taught Newark children for many years and was appointed the city’s first black principal of an integrated school, serving at Hawkins Street School in the Ironbound. In 1967 she became an assistant superintendent of the Newark schools. A North Ward elementary school is named for her.

“Snow” was included in a commemorative edition of Flagg’s poems, Lines, colors, and more, published in 1998.

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