SNOW

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was

Spawning snow and pink roses against it

Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:

World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,

Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion

A tangerine and spit the pips and feel

the drunkeness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound - for world

Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes

On the tongue, on the eyes, on the ears. in the palms of one's hands-

There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

Louis Macneice