“January” by John Updike

“The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor,
And parkas pile up
Near the door.”

No wait a minute. That’s not January in South Alabama. It’s probably, I don’t know…hot outside. My Weather Channel app on my phone reads: 70 degrees and Sunny at 10am.

The short days?  Sorry bud, they’re getting longer.

So throw out those parkas; you don’t need them.

Stop dreaming of snow; the beach awaits.

Kick off your shoes; go barefoot.

And get outside to enjoy January.

It may not last.