Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Winter imagery

During the last few days I posted a photo to a forum and referred to it with the line "Sometimes the fenceposts do wear marshmallow hats". I thought people would get the reference to the poem which I for some reason thought was by Robert Frost.

No one seemed to know what I was talking about. I remember reading this poem in school in the elementary grades and I thought everyone knew it or was familiar with it. The poem is actually by Dorothy Aldis and the winter imagery is something that has stuck with me ever since. I did a quick bit of research and found two versions of the poem.


The fenceposts wear marshmallow hats
On a snowy day;
Bushes in their night gowns
Are kneeling down to pray—
And all the trees have silver skirts
And want to dance away.


Fence posts wear marshmallow hats
On a winter’s day.

Bushes in their nightgowns
Are kneeling down to pray.

And trees spread out their snowy skirts
Before they dance away.

The description for a lot of winter scenes is apt and fenceposts with winter headgear is just one of those things I look for when I am out and about at this time of year.


  1. Your problem is that you were educated when there was still education. Sadly few will ever know those words, or why they were written.

    1. Possibly. I distinctly remember this poem from my elementary school years. School does seem to be different these days.