When Snow Gets You Down, Write Songs

edmweather-3jan2015Below are the words I wrote to a well-known Christmas carol in honour of Nov. 27, 2014’s blizzard with deep snow and -35°C wind chills.

I write these things to keep my sanity during winter weather, which I intensely dislike since it makes the simplest tasks exhausting–although you have to admit there’s an element of adventure.

To Silver Bells:

City sidewalks, blust’ry sidewalks
Parkas, mitts, scarves, and tuques
In the air there’s the chill of
The arctic

Children bundled, people troubled
Meeting drift after drift
And on ev’ry street corner
You’ll see

Blowing snow, drifting snow
It’s blizzard time in the city
People wrapped, it’s a fact
Cars swimming in the deep snow

Strings of tire tracks, slipp’ry stop lights
Colours bleached by the snow
As the people rush home from
The workday

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids hunch
This is Edmonton’s scene
And above all the blowing
You’ll hear

Drifting snow, sifting snow
It’s blizzard time in the city
People wrapped, it’s a fact
Cars swimming in the deep snow


By contrast, Nov. 27, 2016 has no snow on the ground (unusual) and sits at a balmy -1°C with a fog advisory. Go figure. *Shrug* Alberta, right?

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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