Little Things

Talking to chickens like they are people. Asking a neighbor to help deal with a bee. Flinging bees out of a pool, hoping they’re dead. Sitting on the deck with a tea and a book. Cloudy days. Weekends Saturday smoothies. Marks on my cheeks from face masks. FaceTiming with friends. FaceTiming with my cat. FaceTimingContinue reading “Little Things”

Seasons of April

The month begins with beautiful weather. Sunshine for days and a warm breeze that’s welcoming after the cold months. A dramatic turn is taken with the arrival of a winter storm. Spring receives winter storm warnings. Snow falls to the earth, sometimes like rain, melting as soon as it hits the warm sidewalk. Other times,Continue reading “Seasons of April”

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Ice cold air, sliding doors frozen shut, inhales that burn your lungs, shivers that last for days. Single digit temperatures transition into the negatives during the night last until morning. It’s too cold, too too cold. Too cold to do anything outside. The day’s activities consist of sitting by the fire, hiding under blankets, workingContinue reading “0”

Light & Quiet

When snow blankets the earth, life quiets. Stepping outside feels like the volume You never notice has been turned down. The only sound you hear is your steps Making a path that will melt When it meets the sun. The night brings light to the darkness When the full moon bounces off the snow, ItContinue reading “Light & Quiet”

The Very Unhealthy Air Quality Gave Me A Headache

Masks for COVID doubles as mask for very unhealthy air quality. I go to the gas station the day before a snow storm. In summer! It’s supposed to snow and there are still green leaves on trees. It’s early September but it’s clear climate change doesn’t care What time of year we’re in. Early September!Continue reading “The Very Unhealthy Air Quality Gave Me A Headache”

36th Street

After a long day of speech therapy and wandering around the city, I take a shortcut to return back to my hotel. 36th street. A random street. The sun has disappeared behind the clouds. The street is quiet, a welcomed change from Park Avenue. I’m halfway down between Park and Lexington when I notice aContinue reading “36th Street”

Allergic to the Heat

Remember when I raved about going on walks every day? I laugh when I read those poems back now. Walking in spring is a delight, the weather is still slightly cool at all hours of the day. Walking in summer is hell, the heat feels like walking in an oven. There’s a small window inContinue reading “Allergic to the Heat”

Sunday Drive

I went on a drive to visit the world Through the safety of my dusty car window. I was gone for the length of a typical movie, Looping through foothills, passing bikers, And elevating into the small mountains As motorcycles followed too close behind me. I can report that the earth is coming to lifeContinue reading “Sunday Drive”

Disappeared

It’s clear to me that seasons no longer exist. They only exist as dates on a calendar, marking the passage of time. The rest has faded away to a time and place the planet no longer knows. We’ve had at least five major snow storms in the last two months. It’s autumn, where leaves areContinue reading “Disappeared”

Winter Arrived in October

I watch the snowfall for a third time this month.I can’t remember the last time it snowed three times before Halloween.But here I am, watching it float down once more.It stopped snowing in late May,only to return in early October.Is this just a weird year?The new normal?A sign of how climate change has impacted theContinue reading “Winter Arrived in October”