Your weekend weather: Here’s rhyme, but no reason for cold stuff

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LAST Saturday, I wrote a heart-felt poem about the weather, a liter­ary work so terrible you would be stricken with hysterical blindness if you looked at it directly.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/10/2009 (4988 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

LAST Saturday, I wrote a heart-felt poem about the weather, a liter­ary work so terrible you would be stricken with hysterical blindness if you looked at it directly.

To make up for that, today I’ve decided to give you a special Thanksgiving week­end treat — an actual poem written by an actual poet.

I commissioned local poet Carmelo Militano to write an original poem about Winnipeg in October. Is that better than Aunt Betty’s jellied salad, or what?

Carmelo is one of 31 poets throughout Canada taking part in Random Acts of Poetry, an annual event in which poets hit the streets in their towns, read poems to complete strangers, then hand out copies of their books.

It’s funded by the Canada Council and the idea is to get poetry out of the class­rooms and onto the streets.

Carmelo is a teacher at Sisler High School by day, but by night he’s a poet.

And I challenged him to compose a weather poem for us:

OCTOBER IN WINNIPEG

There is nothing funny about grey weather here in October
As everyone knows there is food and pumpkin pie odour
Geese honking on cool nights like mod­ern literary critics
The early return of winter’s cold pas­sion
For a Winnipegger is almost never a fashion.

That poem gives me a warm, tingling sensation, so you might want to cut it out and carry it around in your pocket this week because it’s going to be cold. En­vironment Canada says it will be cloudy with sunny periods today, with a 60 per cent chance of flurries or rain in the morning and afternoon. The daytime high will be just 4 C, way under the normal high of 12 C.

We can look forward to clouds and below-normal temperatures for the rest of the week, with the sun poking its head out occasionally on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Carmelo will be committing random acts of poetry today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Forks and the Exchange District.

On Sunday, he’ll be at Grant Park and Polo Park shopping malls from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If poetry isn’t your bag, you can take part in the Tin for the Bin food drive for Winnipeg Harvest at BFI Canada Win­nipeg from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 375 Oak Point Highway.

BFI will match all donations, pound for pound.

So buck up, Winnipeg. Sure, there’s snow in the forecast, but remember — it could be verse!

— Doug Speirs

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