Sunday, September 23, 2012

Who's In Charge Here?

I am not sure who is in charge of these kinds of things, but it seems to me that, having now passed the date of the Autumnal Equinox and being fully into the season called “fall,” the temperature in my neck of the woods (this is fantasy – there are no woods to speak of where I live) should not be hovering around the 100° mark! Something is clearly off somewhere – and I’d like someone to take care of it as soon as possible. Autumn – or Fall, if you prefer – should be a season of crisply cold mornings, bright clear blue sky-ed afternoons, and brilliantly starred evenings. Instead, we get summer redux. What is going on here! And before you suggest global warming as the culprit, I am talking about weather – and that is climate.

Having lived here for more than half my life I should be used to the first few weeks of September being more summery than summer usually is – at least as far as temperature is concerned. Just in time for the kids to head off to sit in classrooms for hours at a time, the temperature soars to annual highs, straining the air conditioning and, now, the electrical grid! Happens year after year. But I complain every time. While I am not a citizen, I am a taxpayer, and that entitles me. And what I have gotten for all my complaining? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. And now, here we are again!!

I have been suspecting this for some time, but this confirms it. Apparently, I am not in charge of the weather. It joins a growing list of other things I have no responsibility for. Not only that – whoever is in charge of the weather (and that growing list of other things I mentioned) is not taking my calls, nor responding to my texts. Not only am I not in charge, I have absolutely no say in the many matters under consideration. This is disconcerting. And extremely disappointing. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the sphere of my authority over things I want to have authority over is much smaller than I had hoped. Much smaller. As in, non-existent.

As it turns out, about all I have authority over is how I respond to the growing list of things I don’t have authority over. This clearly can’t be the way it is supposed to be! Surely, the benefit of having me in charge is obvious to all. In fact, as soon as I get my own things in order, I’ll see what can be done about that speck I see in your eye. Until then, I’ll try not to hit you with this beam. Not sure who is in charge of it, but I aim to find out!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nothing New

Sitting deeply to
     love that simply

Not ebbing and
     flowing with
     my ebbing and

Not waiting and
     watching for
     reason or

Not depending on or
     deciphering my
     hints my
     hopes my

Just there.

I drift in and out
     disqualified by
     choice by
     shame by

But love

Not surprised
     not scandalized
     not shocked…

Just there.

Bearing all
     believing all
          hoping all
               enduring all.

Never changing.
     Never failing.
          Never fading.

Nothing new.