A Blustery Winter’s Day in the Desert

Palm branches flutter in the desert
wind while shadows dance on terra
cotta roof tiles and the sun shines
brightly fooling folks into thinking
about going outside for a hike or to
ride on a bike. “Come out and play;
don’t hide inside,” the wind, dancing
shadows and sun conspire to entice
and then as the fooled fellow steps
out the door, the chilly wind erupts
in laughter and calls out, “Don’t for-
get your down jacket and stocking
cap! It’s winter.”

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