O wonderful emergency!

Silver needles spin for hours
weaving tapestries to drape
rooftops sidewalks streets.
Millions of icicles delicately
arranged on metal railings
around cornices.

White magic prayed for by children.
A spell shutting down school
making way for snow fights.

Perfect opportunity to burrow
longer in bed. Be late for work.
Appearing unbusinesslike
in rough clothes.

Snow crystals cover all
stains and blemishes.
Each windowpane
becomes a
miniature museum
of fine line etchings.

We are snapped awake by frost.
Our woolen gloves full of lace.