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This is the farmyard where my mom grew up, where my Grandpa Leonard and Grandma Anna Hanson raised their kids and where I rode horses and played with my cousins when I was a kid.  My dad's farm was just about three miles west of here.

This is the farmyard where my mom grew up, where my Grandpa Leonard and Grandma Anna Hanson raised their kids and where I rode horses and played with my cousins when I was a kid. My dad’s farm was just about three miles west of here.

YOU SHOULD SEE THE SNOW IN MINNESOTA

By Gregory Haubrich

 

          You should see the snow in Minnesota. 

          Soft shining glittering crystal geometric kaleidoscope flakes drifting down in the still air at midnight

          Every one the same, everyone different, just like people are

          You turn your head up and look at the sparkle

           In the streetlight across from your parents’ home

          When they touch your face they’re like wet feathers or kisses

          You can hear a dog bark from a long ways away

          And hear a diesel generator running way off in the distance some place

          You should see that snow 

          Quiet and still, late at night

          In your own home town

If this grain elevator looks familiar, that's because you saw it in the movie "Fargo."  My parents Minnesota home is about 3 blocks to the left of the elevator in the photo.

If this grain elevator looks familiar, that’s because you saw it in the movie “Fargo.”
My parents Minnesota home is about 3 blocks to the left of the elevator in the photo.

 

          You should see the snow in MInnesota

          Howling across the plain like fury

          Shrieking and screaming and blowing

          Driving needles into your face if you go outside

          You can’t see three feet,

          can’t see your hand in front of your face,

          Can’t see the neighbor’s house across the street

          When the blizzard is over you look outside in the morning

          And the cars look like covered mounds of snow

          with maybe the windows and the hood and an antenna showing

          You should see the snow in Minnesota

          When there’s a three-day blizzard

          When you come in the house your face is red and frozen

          and you have to stomp the snow and shake it off your clothes

          And then everything is still and it’s twenty below and the whole world

          Is a sea of pure clean white so bright, so bright, so bright

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          You should see the snow in Minnesota

          On the prairie in the Red River Valley

          Kicking up in little spindrifts and sliding across the road

          All gray and cloudy with a pale sky up above

          Oceans and seas and waves of white snow as far as you can see

          At night if you’re driving the snow comes at your headlights

          You see you’re in a spaceship traveling through a galaxy of stars rushing by at light speed

          Beam me up, thataway

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          You should see the snow in Minnesota

          Deep in the woods in the winter

          Branches crackling in the wind

          Snow crunching under your feet

          Tracks of woods animals, deer and rabbits, raccoons, beaver, squirrels,

          Sometimes a bear, a wolf, a coyote, a moose

          The woods are silent in the winter

          All white and gray, brush and poplar and birch

          It’s a good place to think, to meditate, to live in the moment,

          to appreciate the wonder and beauty of our life and our world

          You should see the snow in Minnesota