It fell softly this cold January morning.
Little bits of snow surrounded by ice crystals.
Snow pellets I call them.
They landed on my garden bench.
They fell on the window of my car.
A little acorn collected them in its bowl.
They were caught in silky spider webs.
Little bits of crystal wonder.
After I came in to warm up I did a little research on snow pellets. They are called graupel. They form when snow passes through cool water in the atmosphere. Ice crystals form instantly around the outside of the snow. They are also called soft hail or tapioca snow. Tapioca snow sounds much better than graupel to me.
Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silver-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~ Bill Morgan, Jr.