Ha, brilliant as always, Billy Collins. A suitable anti-dote to the weather conditions, but oh so much more as well.
For Bartleby The Scrivener - Billy Collins"Every time we get a big gale around here
some people just refuse to batten down."
we estimate that
ice skating into a sixty mile
an hour wind, fully exerting
the legs and swinging arms
you will be pushed backward
an inch every twenty minutes.
in a few days, depending on
the size of the lake, the backs
of your skates
will touch land.
you will then fall on your ass
and be blown into the forest.
if you gather enough speed
by flapping your arms
and keeping your skates pointed
you will catch up to other
flying people who refused to batten down.
you will exchange knowing waves
as you ride the great wind north.