Monday, February 16, 2009

Sun Starved

(Just a bit of fluff.)

I sit in glass doorways at lunch, limbs outstretched to the limit of their skin. My Florida soul feeds on sunlight. But I live in the dark, rising before the sun and barely chasing it home, always with the car between us. My office window overlooks the shadow of a roof. The sunlight teases, reflecting off of cars and trees, but never me. I catch it at lunch, warming a concrete stoop. Book and bag in hand, I throw myself at it. It welcomes me by sucking the moisture from my skin, a heat that tingles before it burns.

Before I can enjoy it long, that marvelous Florida sun, a raindrop falls and hits my open book. I stare at it for a second, that big wet punctuation mark. But there's no use trying to pretend it doesn't exist. Up North, where suns are meek and clouds aren't raging beasts, you might be able to bide your time. Not here. Where one drop falls, three thousand more are sure to come. So I retreat from the sun, not a moment too soon, to that doorway in filtered air and light. And my needful soul consoles itself in the fingers and toes of my outstretched limbs.

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At 16 February, 2009, Blogger flutter said...

this is beautiful, Tink

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger mrspao said...

Beautiful!

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger LL said...

Come on out here. You can sit in the snow and soak up all the sun you can stand...

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Niki said...

Not to be redundant, but this is beautiful. Seriously.

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Woman in a Window said...

Gorgeous imagery.

Unfortunately I'm still laughing my ass off at your comment at my place about pioneers and Indians. Oh, you poor ripped off pioneer.

A few of us bloggers should rally together and do a reality series...I smell drama and a few bladder balls.

Oh wait, no, done laughing - gorgeous!

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger HalfAsstic.com said...

It won't be much longer! Just hang in there! Spring is on the way and summer can't be far behind!

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Mary said...

Very nice!

 
At 16 February, 2009, Anonymous The Beer Geek said...

Before you can blink your eyes, we will be complainging about the heat and praying for those rain drops to give us a lil relief from the floridian sun. At least I will! Sitting in my metal building surrounded by windows with an AC unit that keeps the temperature barely below 90. At least until the sun sets below the horizon and it finally BEGINS to cool off...

I wish I had some of your skills Tink!

Thats it! give a writting class! :-) or start a writting group

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

the sun was out here in northern NY, I was out in it, and it was a very windy and cold 23 degrees....not sure the sun could reach MY skin through my parka

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Janet said...

I feel your pain!!!

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

But you expressed your "bleh" so beautifully! Right now, to sit outside to read, I'd recommend a big insulated butt cushion, a parka, mittens, earmuffs... :)

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Jay said...

Very vivid imagery. You brought it all to life for us.

 
At 16 February, 2009, Blogger Reb said...

Well, your sun starved self could come to Alberta...we are sunny most of the time and in summer we get 18 hours a day! Just avoid us in the winter when we only get 6 if we are lucky

 
At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Peggy said...

I understand completely! I have to take vitamin D supplements in the winter because of the lack of sunlight. Summer is coming and days are getting longer.

 
At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

Lovely post, and I hope you get some much needed sun soon... It's not been a nice winter. I can't say that I am sad to see it go... um, go... well, you know.

 
At 17 February, 2009, Blogger fiwa said...

Ditto what Jay said - I could picture every bit of it.

People are like lizards around here - whenever there is a tiny little bit of sun, and bare spot of grass in the park is covered with people in business suits and dresses - everything pulled up as far as it will go - so they can soak up any little bit of sun.

HOpe you get some sun today.
love you -
fiwa

 
At 17 February, 2009, Anonymous Mike said...

Umm, Tink.

Up north, not as wet?

Do you want to know how much snow I cleared this season?

As in once I finish I get to start again?

Dood. It's wet. Really wet up here. Really really really really really really wet.

And once the snow stops the mud starts.

Lots and lots and lots of mud.

From the hordes and hordes of rain.

Other than that, great pros Tink ;)

 
At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Sparkling Red said...

The sun is coming back soon. I make it promise me every September that it'll be back ASAP in the spring. The days are already getting longer. Soon, soon...

 
At 17 February, 2009, Blogger mamatulip said...

"...that big wet punctuation mark."

Love that.

 
At 18 February, 2009, OpenID kcinnova said...

Wonderful imagery. I'm sorry you aren't getting your needed sunshine. :*(

Today it was big flakes of snow falling like mad, while my dh was cooking bacon on the grill.

 

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