Lovely Day

What a lovely day it is
all cloudy and cool
and now you are complaining that Toronto is so grey
and flinging your hands dramatically to the sky because of the greyness
and I say
in Vancouver
between September and May
the sun is absolutely
resolutely out of sight
and I don’t mean just lurking behind light clouds
I mean completely invisible
to the extent that we can’t tell where it is in the sky
and then when it reappears in late spring
we all gaze up at it
in puzzlement and awe
and go
so that’s what that looks like

but yes
do complain about those clouds
which stuck around for three hours and let the sun through occasionally
it’s all very tragic
and you are quite right to despair

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