A Snowy Poem by Robert Bly

Center of town. Woodstock, Vermont. “Snowy night.” Wolcott, Marion Post, 1940. Prints and Photographs Division.

As winter settles in and the holidays come and go, we hope you’re taking small moments (or big ones) to slow down, rest and recharge. Of course, we recommend letting poetry be your guide.

Here’s a snowy poem by Robert Bly, via our Poetry 180 program, to nudge you in that direction.

Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter

It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted.
The only things moving are swirls of snow.
As I lift the mailbox door, I feel its cold iron.
There is a privacy I love in this snowy night.
Driving around, I will waste more time.

—Robert Bly (from Silence in the Snowy Fields, 1962. Wesleyan University Press, with permission.)

Season’s greetings from your literary friends at the Library of Congress. We’ll see you in 2022!


  1. Christopher Couch
    December 29, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you. A winter’s greeting to you. I enjoy the Bly poem, even as I have enjoyed similar experiences.

  2. Rich Crank
    December 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you for this. It reminded me that my dear friend, Ken Irby, spoke often and admiringly about Robert Bly and his poetry.

  3. MariS
    January 2, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Thank you for posting this lovely poem.

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