The Bleak Outlook

Photo: Bleak HouseDawn comes in fits and starts. Tatters of grey cloud hang diagonally across the bottom quarter of the pale sky ahead as I’m driving away from the warmth of home; as the road swings me southward, that ragged hem rises into an ever darker, flatter cloudbank and it seems I’m reversing time as I go. The world gets smokier looking with every mile.

Have I driven all day, already? It looks less like dawn, more like dusk, every minute. A ground fog is rising from the pavement, narrowing the gap with those shredded clouds in a slow, relentless re-closing of the curtains. Approaching the city, I watch the tops of the towers fade into the growing dark and finally disappear, enveloped.

The rain begins. It’s thin and dirty at first, but with every mile I drive, grows denser, heavier. The whole world around me turns to molten lead. I am driving, now, into a contracting twilit vortex that soon enough will pull me undersea, it seems. I’m grateful to be exiting the freeway, exhausted from gripping the wheel and blinded by the bleary flow of rain that has outpaced the windshield wipers’ meager strength.

The exit ramp swings in a slow, wet arc up and over the freeway to take me back in an east-northeast crawl, and suddenly it’s as though the rainstorm has been turned off and dawn restarted. The last miles to work see no more precipitation except for that being shrugged off of the trees, and daylight brightens at every intersection, with every car’s-length I drive, and then with every foot. The office building is sparkling like a freshly scrubbed, dazzling beacon, haloed by the rising sun.

And as I walk through that phalanx of security arches toward the windowless interior where my work awaits, I go from brilliant morning into the dim, unhealthy crepuscule of artificially lighted night.Digital illustration from a photo: Into Each Life

9 thoughts on “The Bleak Outlook

    • I’m glad you came along for the ride! This little piece came from a morning ride with my spouse down to Dallas when the weather was so changeable that it seemed like someone was up in the sky playing with the light switch. 😉

    • My, my, I *do* keep the BEST company! So glad you both enjoyed.

      Having a very fine weekend; though the light and precipitation haven’t been quite so variable as in this post, the big off-and-on alternation has been between intensive housekeeping tasks (sorting all of our household files, culling old clothes from the closets, cleaning, etc) and wonderful, quiet rest time. A great way to spend the few days between the holidays’ intensity and the return to full school schedule on Tuesday. 😀 Hope you’re having a sweet weekend yourself, my dear Janet!

      xoxo

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