I think we are always in search of someone or something which will tell us exactly what to expect. Even when it happens, we know it was only a possibility.
Today is the beginning of the dog days of summer, 40 days of especially hot and humid weather with little rainfall, according to the Farmers' Almanac. (Garrison Keillor, The Writer*s Almanac, for July 3)
Do we really get 40 days of this?
Does anyone even read the Farmers* Almanac anymore?
Is there preference for the back page
Of the newspaper:
The weather map which shows us
Seven days at a time,
The map of weather cells,
highs and lows which vacation
Across the country,
Usually west to east?
Charts with arrows
Drawn by someone who has studied weather
Yesterday*s hotness was arrowed and drawn
The Farmers* Almanac by turn
Promises us forty days
According to whichever farmer is responsible