The day was clear and crisp,
The sun shone with a cold flame
From the upper reaches of the sky, they came-
An invading army, unyielding, uncompromising,
That covered everything within their path.
They fell from the sky in twos and threes,
Unique in their beauty and ferocity.
The people below rejoiced at their coming-
And their presence would cause an irrevocable change-
That would make even the oldest of people,
Careen with reckless abandon down the steepest slopes,
With naught but flimsy instruments.
Their presence would allow the creation-
Of the most intricate and temporary monuments.
The little ones would gather them,
And fling them at each other with glee.
They would bring tidings of comfort and joy to all,
It was not simply the first snowfall.
It was the brightest afternoon of the year.