A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Congratulations, folks! We’ve made it through the summer, and it’s autumn again. Where does the time go? Over the years, I’ve given summer a pretty bad rap, and even though it clearly deserved it, I should apologize. Sorry, summer — you hot, sweaty mess! Actually, I shouldn’t be so hard on summer. It’s just one of the seasons and, as they say, “To every season/there is a reason.” Vivaldi knew this and wrote some cool music to demonstrate it. So, even though I’m no Vivaldi, here’s my take on the four seasons.
Winter is for the mind.
Winter is thick books and old libraries; dusty, hard-to-find bookstores cluttered with forgotten, twice-told stories. It’s big socks, ankle-bunched and comfortable. It’s long, dark hours and hot tea, quilted with spice. It’s pages of adventure that sip like cups of soup, hand-warm and held close to your face. It’s cozy against the lonely cold scratching at the windows and crowded with imagination.
Spring is for the spirit.
Spring is splashy rain and wide, warm mornings; flocks of shepherdless clouds, grazing the sky. It’s busy-bird busy, darting on the breeze, beaks full of new-nest enthusiasm. It’s turned dirt, moist with tender green promises … that there will be flowers. It’s trees awake with tiny, inexperienced fingers, first fluttered in the singing afternoon. It’s bare arms and short skirts and sly, secret smiles that catch your eye like jewelry.
Summer is for the body.
Summer is painted bright toenails and young girls, lithe as deer, dancing in the sand. It’s sun-hot games, smooth with muscles. It’s music, laugh -loud and twisting. It’s fresh-cut grass and scented gardens and spray cool water. It’s tickle and giggle and chasing with excitement. It’s coloured drinks that drip, and honey-coated skies and jokes and teases and everyone talking at once.
Autumn is for the soul.
Autumn is scarves and gloves and hair, finger-combed and tangled. It’s crisp crumbled leaves cremated on the wind and scattered. It’s walking in the low, grey afternoon, coat buttoned and no place to go. It’s a park bench, forgotten in the bony trees that whisper the words of a poem you can’t quite remember. It’s a love song that no longer makes you cry. It’s old friends and long ago’s and all the things we forfeit to time. It’s a pause at the window while the world walks by.