Victoria Neff recently graduated from college in upstate New York, where she learned to tolerate snow. Now she lives south of the Mason-Dixon line, where she’s readjusting to hundred-degree days. In addition to the weather, she also likes biology, baking, and traveling.
Farming implies early rising:
it is and it isn’t.
(in spring, in summer, or in winter.)
dead leaves covered the ground,
the cock’s crow came with dawn,
a period of unfavorable weather set in,
it rained every day for a week.
We spend the evenings as in the old days,
almost dead with fatigue
the temperature reaches 90 or 95 degrees in the daytime,
the nights are often chilly.
The breeze served us admirably.
if the day was cold,
he filled the stove
and had a warm fire burning before he left the house.
It is nearly half past five;
he climbed wearily to bed.
Poem source: The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White; Title source: The Decemberists, “Oceanside”