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Autumn Almanac

Today there's supposed to be a break
in the weather. I sound as if I care
when I sort of don't.
Like weather in diaries—it always sounds
more important than it was: "Low
clouds today. Cold and wet." Or
"No rain again. Six days in a row."
If these were from the journal of, say,
Herman Melville, you'd say, "Hmm,
six days in a row. Herman sounds grim"
and then you'd feel like him.
And in a poem that starts "A break
in the weather" you sense significance
because it's in a poem, where words
have more significance, ho ho.

Ron Padgett


Spring 2013

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