Snow Glass

February 24, 2022

By Emily Waldorf


The sunlit world is all aglow

While shafts of golden brightness find

The dust of diamonds on the snow.

But darker seem the lines of shade—

Long lines of shadow on my mind.


The peace seems ruffled by my tread,

The sunlight turned to bitter glare:

Ablaze the snow, yet cold and dead,

The shining diamond dust is dulled

With tarnishes of twisted care.


With face upturned toward the sky,

I think how small this globe must be

To her unclouded cobalt eye,

Or to the One who deems its size

As small as a snow globe is to me.


He holds my life with His command

As I hold up this snowstorm sphere—

He deftly, and with loving hand,

Will turn it over, upside down,

And alloy all my hope with fear.


But oft I’ve tipped a snowy glass

Then turned it right again

To watch the swirling, tangled mass

Transform to threads of sifted gold

And settle on the empty plain.


Must not, then, my tangled world,

Through which swirls so much snow,

Another moment be re-twirled

That every trial may be laced

With dust from which the diamonds grow?


Emily Waldorf doesn’t remember when she started to love writing. She likes both prose and poetry, but poems make her heart sing in a way that prose isn’t designed for. Her passion for poetry was sparked early on, when her mom recited Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Swing” to her while pushing her “up in the air so blue.” Longfellow is her inspiration and the poet she tries to emulate. She writes nature- and Christian-themed poems, experimenting with different meters and rhyme schemes. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.


  1. Tori W.

    Beautifully written, Emily!!! ❤️

    • Emily Waldorf

      Thank you, Tori!

  2. Brian Stansell

    Very evocative and poignant, Emily! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Emily Waldorf

      Thank you, Brian! So glad you were able to read it.

  3. Bob Elseth

    Very nice Emily!

    • Emily Waldorf

      Thank you, Bob! I’m glad you liked it.

  4. Joelle Stone

    Aaaahhhh Emily that was soooo goooood!!!!!!!! Girl I love your poetry. 😛 Great job!

  5. Friday Josephine Titi

    It’s a lovely poem. I loved the movement of your words. It’s alluring. Great job

  6. Denali Christianson

    AAAHHHH IT WAS SO GOOOD EMILY!!!!! I love it so much!


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