we used to talk about the weather

24 04 2009

it’s just the dissonance of it that’s hard to get over–i was leaving campus last night, 6:30 or so, and the sky was dark with cloud, there was rain on my windshield, i was holding onto the steering wheel tight to compensate for the slipping of knit-gloved fingers, and the trees along both sides of the road were wholly barren clusters of brown-grey sticks, and i was trying to overlap that with the class-planning in my head–planning for the last 2 days of classes at the end of spring semester (don’t get excited–that doesn’t mean the working or the grading’s done, it just means a break in the schedule of that commute) before they scatter for the “summer.”

the end of the semester where i’m from correlates with pale kids sunbathing outside their dorms, throwing frisbees accidentally into just-past-blooming pear trees that sneeze puffs of leaves and lingering petals with resentful shudders at the intrusions, showing off with dogs, flip-flops, sunblock, students falling asleep beside radios under leafy shade trees with their books spread around to feign studying, sweaty hands on stubborn coffee cups because it’s too early to give in to icing it… it’s nothing like that here. once in a while they wear shorts and sandals, and come in blue-toed and shiver-kneed, and the occasional lower-to-the-ground shrub has begun to shyly leaf, but the hot coffee’s still an equilibrium necessity; yesterday it was 32 in utica, and there were rumors, albeit so far as i saw unfounded, of snow.

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25 04 2009
donnickcottage

Thursday it was 90. Friday, 80. Today, 42. Spring is just early summer without some random fickleness from the mother.

25 04 2009
donnickcottage

Thursday it was 90. Friday, 80. Today, 42. Spring is just early summer without some random fickleness from the mother.

25 04 2009
pooh_gal

but…
ah yes, it was 32, but today it will be 87 and therein is the paradox that is the great white north.

25 04 2009
pooh_gal

but…
ah yes, it was 32, but today it will be 87 and therein is the paradox that is the great white north.

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