The lady whose name was Snow!


Parvaneh A. Farid
by Parvaneh A. Farid

Covered yet naked

she falls everywhere in pieces

sometimes dry, other times wet,

some days she comes and clings, some days she just leaves

she looks serene and firm but with every touch

she gets disturbed

life has left footprints all over her,

she is in pain bearing it in silence


I had met her once, years ago,

when in the arms of that old man, in that village

I met my grandpa

His love felt unconditional, so immense, like God’s

He showed her to me through the window

„look” my dear she is here just for you

„It is spring! her time to melt from love and flow,

yet she had come to march in her white dress,


My eyes saw the magic through that old window,

The cotton pieces? The feathers?

Falling from the heaven, she was arriving

she sat and her skirt fell all over the place,

When she came, the village knew she was there

warm on our side of the window


To the tempting look of grandpa which carried the sound of permission

I went out to touch her, a handshake, a kiss, a hug

cold on other side of the window ,

I tenderly touched her ,

she looked gentle and tender but cold, she was cold

regret from the touch,



my hands frozen

I stepped back

I saw the hole and walked back

I had disturbed the perfect surface of the snow

I walked back and my footprints all over her dress

Oh what had I done?


in One step in the other warm side of the window

grandpa watching me,

I was visible, I was seen

In the warm side of the window grandpa’s love was waiting for me

I chose him and I left the snow

only my footprint

To grandpa’s love I said: Oh I destroyed her.

„everybody steps on the snow”,he said,

„it is water, only frozen”

My eyes caught by the diamonds she was wearing

I was humbled,

she was rich,beautiful,majestic

yet chose to bear the footsteps of Loved ones.


Norway 2012-02-05

Remembering my grandpa in Iran and the first time I saw snow and him, what a full day it was. Bless his soul!


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Thank you dear Anahid I take it as a great compliment coming from you.

Anahid Hojjati

Dear Parvaneh, what a beautiful poem.

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Thanks for sharing it with us.