HyC Adventures
The Poetics of Perception
Wittgenstein's Dust of Snow

 


 

 

Wittgenstein’s

“Dust of Snow”

 

 

 

 Dust of Snow

 

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree

 

Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.

 

—Robert Frost

 

 

  Prosaic

 

The way that a crow

shook down right on me

some snow, rather like dust,

from a high hemlock bough

has given my heart

a different feeling about things,

and partly saved

a day I felt had been wasted.

 

 

  Pulverous Silver Essence!

 

How dear the ways of Nature!  Lo, yon crow

Precipitated earthward, even on me,

A pulverous silver essence, dust of snow,

White benefactions of a hemlock tree;

 

Bequeathing (legacy unto my heart!)

Transfigurations of an erstwhile mood,

Redeeming a jeweled modicum, wee part

Of one diurnal unit I had rued.

 

 

  Wittgenstein and the Crow

 

Event

as instanced in

“the progress of phenomena”:

Item: the avian

disbursal of elate frigidities

from a species Old Pop Longfellow saluted

as second in his paradigm of murmurers.

Which same

affords me möglichkeit

of shifting psyche-gears:

thereby reclaiming data stamped KAPUT.

 

Note:

I first came across these variations on Frost’s poem many years ago as a college student. Who the author is, I know not, but the cleverness is of such high order that it is worthy of presentation and preservation.

 

 

 

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