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Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.

What If: 'Hotter Than Average'

Date: 2015-03-22 04:53 pm (UTC)
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This is somewhat tangential to my usual type of Picnic offering, but I was struck the other week by the wonderful attention to language and context in the 'What If?' post Hotter than Average
When the sign at the hot springs told you that the water there was "hotter than average," it wasn't just saying, "This water is hot." In a sense, it was saying, "This water, unlike all the springwater most of us ever encounter, isn't tied to the average summer/winter day/night air temperature for the area. This water is hotter than average."

[image of sign with text:]

Warning: The behaviors you've developed, guided by our collective experiences in a world dominated by the warmth of sunlight, will not safeguard your life when you enter.

YOU ARE LEAVING THE DOMAIN OF THE SUN.
Edited Date: 2015-03-22 04:55 pm (UTC)

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