Poetry. Nobody understands it. Even fewer bother to try. Its purpose appears to be to make the dull moments of our lives seem exciting by comparison.
People who write poetry (or “poets”) often turn their thoughts to springtime. About once a year, I’d guess.
I can’t recall any examples of spring-themed poems right now. But I’m sure there’s a poem that makes reference to at least one of the seasons.
Come to think of it, there’s a famous sonnet in which Shakespeare writes, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
If a poet said that to me, I’d be like, “What’s the catch?”
Even if Sonnet 18 doesn’t mention spring exactly, it does refer to summer quite openly. To which I say, “Close enough.”
Because––and forgive me for waxing poetic––spring is the appetizer of summer.
Except, I really don’t like the word appetizer, especially on a menu. Isn’t the very fact of going to a restaurant proof that one already wants to eat and therefore is in no need of having their appetite stimulated? Wouldn’t it make more business-sense to offer appetizers at the end, thus enticing customers to start all over again despite having just eaten a full meal?
Here’s a multiple-choice exercise to illustrate what I’m talking about:
It’s late one Friday afternoon and you say to your significant other, “I have absolutely no desire to eat.” Your significant other replies:
- That’s fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with my drinking.
- But without food, how are we supposed to plug-up your pie-hole?
- Let’s go to a restaurant. We might have to make a reservation; you know how a lot of people don’t feel like eating on a Friday night.
If you chose number 3, chances are you own a restaurant that serves appetizers at the start of a meal, and you don’t live in New Zealand. Because the restaurants in New Zealand don’t have appetizers. They only have “entrées” followed by “mains” followed by “severe cramps and diarrhea.”
So despite the effects of destructive snow storms in mid-September, we can finally welcome spring, the entrée of summer, the time of year when the beauty and innocence of nature arouses the poets in us…
Jacquie and I celebrated the arrival of spring, and our third anniversary (leather) on Sept. 29, with a trip to the Auckland Domain.
The following Sunday we went to the Auckland Botanical Gardens.