Still Learning To See

Back home…

Back home from a week in Colorado. Great to sleep in our bed and wake up to snow falling. Hope to see some late fall foliage left on the trees today. Liz shared this lovely piece of writing from a former student, Ben Hewitt, so what’s left to be said?

“I drove home on the cusp of evening, through a slanting snow, down the Main Street of a town so small the road might as well have been named Only Street. The snow had begun earlier in the afternoon, in the manner of almost all first-of-season snows: Tentative, soft, unserious. But now it was something else, and the wind had picked up, too, and the snow swept and swirled across the pavement in complicated circular patterns. I feared that if I looked too hard, I would somehow become lost in them, so I fixed my gaze just above the roadway, guiding the truck not so much by the road itself, but by the features that delineated its edge: Houses. Trees. Utility poles.

I passed two children standing at the forward edge of a lawn covered by the detritus of rural poverty. Cars on blocks with hoods propped like open mouths. A four-wheeler. Something that looked like a canoe cut in half longways, but this must have been a trick of mind and weather. Through a curtained window, I could see the spectral glow of a television in an-otherwise darkened room. Smoke from a stove pipe.

The children were ecstatic. They were leaping and flailing their limbs, yelling into the squall. They didn’t just hold their faces to the storm; they actually pushed into it, mouths agape, the cold flakes tickling their tongues, the tender spot at the back of the throat. I waved, but their attention was elsewhere, and in a moment I had passed beyond their small orbit, the tires of the Ford cutting dark lines through the skin of snow. I turned the heater on high and rolled down the window just enough to let in a bit of the storm.” —Ben HewittSnow-5655 Snow-5657 Snow-5653

This entry was published on October 18, 2015 at 10:41 am. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Snow, Vermont and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Back home…

  1. Beautiful, both words and photos.

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