A Question for Choying by Shannon Bramer

Are you going to write it down?

You should because your words

are snowy animals in the woods.

Your letters are delicate like your hands.

This is my winter alphabet.

You are my snow angel on the carpet,

writing in your notebook.

Are you going to write it down?

You should because sometimes

the poem inside

disappears like a snowflake—

a tiny crystal star

in your shiny black hair

that melts away

nearly before it is seen.


Copyright © Shannon Bramer. Originally published in Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children (Groundwood Books, 2019).


Shannon Bramer was born in Hamilton, Ontario and now lives in Toronto. She is a poet, playwright and mother of three fantastic human beings. Recently published books include: Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children (Groundwood Books, 2019) and Precious Energy (Book*hug, 2017) Her plays (Monarita,The Collectors and The HungriestWoman in theWorld) have appeared in juried festivals across the country, among them: New Ideas (Toronto) The Women’s Work Festival (St.John’s) and Sarasvati FemFest (Winnipeg). TRAPSONGS: three plays is forthcoming from Book*hug in 2020. Find Shannon @brokencloudco & Instagram @shannon_bramer.

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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair.

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the past and beckon in the future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites.

Catch Shannon Bramer at Word on the Street Toronto on the TD Children’s Literature stage for Presenting: Climbing Shadows, 1:20 PM – 1:40 PM.