Skip to main content
By Kenneth Patchen

The snow is deep on the ground.   

Always the light falls

Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.


This is a good world.

The war has failed.

God shall not forget us.

Who made the snow waits where love is.


Only a few go mad.

The sky moves in its whiteness

Like the withered hand of an old king.   

God shall not forget us.

Who made the sky knows of our love.


The snow is beautiful on the ground.   

And always the lights of heaven glow   

Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.


Kenneth Patchen, “The Snow Is Deep on the Ground” from Collected Poems. Copyright 1943 by Kenneth Patchen. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Selected Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1957)

  • Love
  • Nature
  • Relationships

Poet Bio

Kenneth Patchen
An inspiration for the Beat Generation and a true “people’s poet,” Kenneth Patchen was a prolific writer, visual artist and performer whose exuberant, free-form productions celebrate spontaneity and attack injustices, materialism, and war. Born in Niles, Ohio, he was an avid reader as a child and kept a diary from an early age; later he traveled throughout the United States, meeting a wide range of people and having the experiences he would explore in his prose and poetry. Patchen was also one of the first poets to read his work to a background of jazz. See More By This Poet

More By This Poet

More Poems about Love

Browse poems about Love

More Poems about Nature

Browse poems about Nature

More Poems about Relationships

Browse poems about Relationships