That there will never come a day when this place becomes a beachfront property and only rain falls like memories of snowflakes
That the Californian sun will never burn the skin on your nose here
That saltwater never kisses the sacred rose garden with his lips dry and rough as the desert
That the leaves fall and bless the streets with their lifeblood every autumn and the snow embraces the earth every December to put the squirrels to sleep
The Californian sun has no place here
Don't long for it; don't dream of it
Believe me, I've fallen in love enough times with that perennial blue sky to know that it needs to stay there to reflect its lover--the ocean
Because the saltwater is angry here; it rages against the dark green woods and falls these trees with its longing for freedom
Do not invite her here--the sea
Do not welcome her with arms of warm industrial smoke
Or lure her gaze with coal fires
Do not flirt with her, offering her your everything in a stream of plastic holocaust
And pray that she will come and bestow upon you, with her blushing sunset horizons, eternity
For she will
She will come if you call her here
She will come to you in good faith
For she is a siren that will drown you in her embrace and offer you the deathly, serene, season-less eternity that you so desired
I wish these seasons eternal
That nothing ever stays the same but the certainty that you love these green woods enough to protect it from the seductive song of the ocean and the anger of the sun
That I come to anticipate with you
the budding flowers
the humming bees
the chameleon leaves
and the sprinkling of snowflakes that tastes startling spicy on your tongue
That the only eternity is here in the transitions of the leaves
from lush green
to blood red
to dead brown
and back to life again
Despite how much I complain about the cold here and how much I miss the Californian sun, I very much hope these seasons last (and not get destroyed by climate change).
I can spare a few moments to answer that one...
First, Of course I believe the climate is changing. It has always changed, and always will. The question here is, Attribution. Is the current warming a product of human's CO2 output, or is this just another cycle of warming?
While I do believe that there is Some effect caused by humans, I think it is more an issue of land use (and air pollution), rather than CO2. And the argument(s) for that, are going to take a lot longer than I have time for just now However you can see some of it in the other articles I have put up.
Environmental issues... well I do have concerns about the environment. And I've been involved- I worked seven years for the Otter Habitat in Pennsylvania (had the chance to help hand-raise several otters, in fact). Again, I'm answering quickly, sorry about that...
Last one for the moment: I started out in the early 80s, believing that Yes, we were messing up the climate. But due to the droughts we experienced in the 80s, I was paying close attention to the weather, and learning about how it works.
In the late 80s - 89, I think - I saw several newspapers articles. One was about the just-discovered mechanism in the Pacific known as El-nino (and La-nina). It has been known about for centuries, but not How it worked.
The other article was about a week later. It had to do with hurricanes. Scientists were puzzled by the way they were behaving (I believe it was similar to what is happening this year).
While I did not yet know much about either, I saw a connection between those two pieces of the climate puzzle. It made sense to me that El-nino is going to affect things across the globe. Yet, here are scientists being puzzled by it. And at the same time, people were already saying 'the science is settled' about the climate.
I've been learning more ever since.
That be it for the moment.