Poet’s Corner: Weather


From padded window seat inside café

a cup of tea warms my hands

as cold winds shuffle sidewalk leaves

Two tables away sit two men

one in October years

the other May

Soiled clothing, old scuffed shoes, weathered

skin, bloodshot eyes, hair disheveled

The older begins reading to the younger

from newspaper wrinkled by other hands

“Rain and wind coming in tonight from the west,

tomorrow — clearing, with temps in high 30s

then dropping to low 30s

Saturday, sunny and in the high 30s.”

The young man’s chiseled face

seemingly stoic

suddenly tightened with the words

“Sunday, high 20s, snow mixed with sleet.”

I recall living outside for two years

I recall living with Weather.

William Waterway has been a poet since youth. He was the founder of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and Nantucket Magazine; founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society, and has been published by various media. He has won several national poetry awards.