At the end of the rainbow

Annette Marie Hyder

The rain streams in jewels down the window
clinks its coins on the street.

I turn away from its showy display of wealth
to trace the path of space between us.
My eyes mark the rainbow curve
that arcs from me and ends at you.

Are you the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end?
I’m Irish enough to reach for you.

White snow and bad girl boots

Slow Melt
Annette Marie Hyder

As the temperature rises
there is a slow striptease removal
of white lacy things.

Streams and inlets swell
rivulets roll dreamily
as the snow melts in a long sigh

breathes softly against the stiff wind
and all the while Winter wears
her thigh-high boots.

She wont take them off
till Spring comes.


Photo Annette Marie Hyder

I snapped this picture while looking up at our skylight. I love images that lend themselves to personal interpretation like this one does. Is the ice encroaching on the skylight or receding? Is the sunlight dimming or brightening? To me the sunshine is melting the snow and revealing the blue sky as it gets brighter — a slow strip-tease removal of white lacy things.

Snow dogs and sundogs

I was out on the road in the high howling winds yesterday and saw
swirling columns of snow that reminded me of dust devils. “What are they
called?” I wondered aloud to my driving companion who had pointed them
out to me. He dubbed them “snow dogs”. I like snow dog much better than snow tornado or snow devil (which terminology I have subsequently found).

Howling with joy

Annette Marie Hyder

Frisky winds — snow dogs —
chase their tails in circles
never quite catching them

but get my breath instead
caught in delight at the play.

“Look how the wind has the snow pasted on the cars,” he said as we passed parked cars. And the word paste
made me think of the wind as a preschooler making a mess and spreading
its art efforts all over the city — the city as a huge refrigerator
door covered with the wind’s work.

If you love posts about Minnesota weather, like I do, then check out this blog I came across: Paul Douglas Weather Column

The accompanying photos are fun. I like the “Old Fashioned Minnesota Refrigerator” , “Gotta Have My Latte” , and “The Roads Are Wicked Slippery” , among others.

And finally, did you know that there is such a thing as a sundog? I’ve seen this atmospheric phenomenon myself, here in Minnesota. From Wikipedia:

A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from Greek parēlion, (παρήλιον), παρά(beside) + ήλιος(sun), “beside the sun”; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.

Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right
of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as
the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during
any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best
seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

(Meteorology III.2, 372a14) notes that “two mock suns rose with the sun
and followed it all through the day until sunset.” He says that “mock
suns” are always to the side, never above or below, most commonly at
sunrise or sunset, more rarely in the middle of the day.

The poet Aratus
(Phaenomena 880-891) mentions parhelia as part of his catalog of
Weather Signs; for him, they can indicate rain, wind, or an approaching

A passage in Cicero‘s On the Republic (54-51 BC) is one of many by Greek and Roman authors who refer to sun dogs and similar phenomena:

Be it so, said Tubero;
and since you invite me to discussion, and present the opportunity, let
us first examine, before any one else arrives, what can be the nature
of the parhelion, or double sun, which was mentioned in the senate.
Those that affirm they witnessed this prodigy are neither few nor
unworthy of credit, so that there is more reason for investigation than

Read more here .

Weekend blizzard

White veils and fire
Annette Marie Hyder

I see down-filled counterpanes
spilling on the air
hear the whisper of wool
feel the kiss of cashmere
and the static crackle of polyester
in this storm.

The snow swirls sequins-and-glitter feet
that do not want to touch the ground
and Salome dances
with white veils tonight.

The spectacle makes me want
to cover me
wrap around me
all through the night
be my blanket
keep me warm and
hold me tight.

Just because Salome
is mentioned in this poem
there is no need to think
of John the Baptist
and his head served up
Martha Stewart style
to pay for others’ concupiscence.

Let any thought of baptisms be limited to
that of skin against skin
and the baptism of fire
between we two.

In the news

We had a blizzard here over the weekend and most of us with plans that
involved leaving the house quickly abandoned them. The snow fell 17 inches deep and  lay plush upon the city.

Agence France Press (AFP) reports on the storm that blew though Minnesota this weekend:

Blizzard rocks US Midwest, East Coast braces

CHICAGO — A fierce early winter storm pounded several Midwestern
states and was moving east on Sunday, shutting busy airports and
highways and snarling travel across about half the United States.

warnings were issued for parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
and Wisconsin as snow socked the states in tandem with wind gusts
topping 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour.

The storm — 10 days
before the onset of winter — took its greatest toll in Minnesota, where
as much as two feet (61 centimeters) of snow had fallen in some
locations, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

state’s largest city Minneapolis was under a blanket of white 17 inches
(43 cm) deep, the worst snowfall to hit the city in more than 19 years
and the fifth-biggest on record.

As an indicator of the storm’s
severity, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — a transit hub
with expertise in contending with foul weather — was shut down for the
first time in years.

“Travel conditions will remain hazardous and potentially dangerous,” the NWS said in a weather bulletin.

also damaged the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings American
football team, and led to the indefinite postponement of their game
against the New York Giants.

The stadium’s inflatable roof sagged
like a collapsed souffle when the snow’s weight damaged some of the
covering’s teflon panels. Read the entire article here.