A Little Snow

A sprinkle of snow
on rooftops this morning.
A pattern of light and shade
as sun and clouds play tag.
A Winter scene to underline
Christmas.
Bringing back memory;
Frozen surface needing
the safety of Wellingtons.
The slipping, the sliding, and
best of all the sledging.
Five, on a plank
fitted with irons, speeding down
the long slope of Willowfield Street:
teeming with excited children,
noise, laughter.
Bad-tempered shouts
from harassed residents.
Perfect moments in time
that will never return.

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