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There, I've Done Something About It

October 31, 2017

Expect a high of eighty one

and a low of forty four

But is that low what is to come

or from the night before ?


Partly cloudy to partly clear

are they not the very same thing ?

A ten percent chance can appear

one hundred when its happening


Can anyone stop that butterfly

that is beating in far Cathay ?

To help deflect the hurricane eye

that is ruining my day


Under the bright sun shine

the umpire whisk brooms home

He raises his head only to find

due to rain the game is postponed


When theres a shift in the isobar

the forecast ain’t worth a nickel

But no one is really keeping score

except the ghost in a robe with the sickle


With indifferent skies overhead

we plan our picnics and our drives

Expecting climate but instead

its only weather that arrives

Jimmy Tee is a poet from Milton VT. A member of the Burlington Writers Workshop since 2014, his work has been published in the 2016 Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop. His poem “Donny’’ was on display at Union Station in Burlington VT for the month of February 2017. He continues to find freedom in form.

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