Joshua Sutherland Allen

Joshua Sutherland Allen

Sunday, November 16, 2014


First rain, then sleet, then lightly sweeping snow,
Swift falling wintry mix that chills the air
And frosts the muddy autumn ground below,

Call to our minds a girl, whose locks of hair,
Both black and beautiful against her face,
Frame sweet eyes closed in some eternal prayer.

A blizzard marked her birth; the holy space
Of hospital room, windows etched with frost,
Was where we held our love and felt her grace.

The snow still brings to us the girl we lost,
Somehow connects us to her once again –
Our spirits meet when earth with snow is glossed.

    When winter sun sets shimmering ice aglow
    We smile, and say that Harper says hello.


  1. it snowed here today,
    glad to visualize it again in your words.

  2. A reminder like that.. How weather can send a reminder of passed events. Bittersweet sonnet..

  3. This is so very poignant, especially "Harper says hello." Beautifully written.

  4. wow! this is so lovely & poignant. i know how it feels, i lost a loved one at a hospital too, and it was raining outside. and sometimes the rain do bring back memories.
    i think the last line is just perfect.