by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
Clouds are billowier
Seas are bluer
Skies are brighter
We are drier in some places
I will rise earlier
Your garden seems fuller
Lawns grow greener
Dew drips heavier
Insects act livelier
The couch cushions feel plusher
Your cheeks look redder
Eggnog tastes richer
And springiner, well, that doesn’t quite get it.
But it is wetter in other places
For a few days and some hours
Earth becomes cozier
Then comes the grey wind
and the snow will be no welcomer.
* Indian Summer is a period of unseasonably warm weather that occurs late-September to mid-November. Late-19th century Boston lexicographer Albert Matthews made an exhaustive search of early American literature for the phrase.
It was clearly already in widespread use, and was so-called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by American Indians,
or because the American Indians first described it to Europeans,
or it had been based on the warm and hazy conditions in autumn when Native Americans hunted.
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