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Friday, January 22, 2010

Fog Is Not My Friend

Outside my window, the fog slithers in like a boa constrictor, squeezing the light from the late afternoon. It’s sunset time where I am on the Gulf of Mexico. And on any given day in this part of Florida, the sky is aglow with a brilliant orange conflagration. But today is different. The air drips with a viscous mist. Quietly and disarmingly, the fog enchants you with its mysterious, smoky shroud. Then before you know it, you’re blindsided by its deceptively gauzy yet tenacious hold. The street lights come on…ghostly blurs of amber flickering in the haze. Some people enjoy the fog. They find it tantalizing and seductive. I for one do not like fog. It’s eerie. It conceals things. It’s scary if not downright spooky. On the road, it’s dangerous. The poet, Carl Sandburg, wrote: "The fog creeps in on little cat feet.” Fog is creepy but not like a sweet, cuddly kitty. More like a slimey, wet snake. And I don’t like snakes. The fog is cunning and conniving. It threatens with a chilling silence. It will snatch away your children if you’re not watchful. The fog will reach out its wispy, fiendish fingers and grab you by the throat and do untold harm. No, I am not a fan of fog.

Outside my window, the mist is subsiding. At last, the late afternoon sun…the glorious, golden, guiding light of mankind…peers out from the murky gray shadows. Somehow, I know everything will be alright again. Sphere: Related Content

11 comments:

Marla said...

Fog is downright spooky to me too!

Leah said...

I kinda like fog, but we only have a very light one. Maybe I havent seen the spooky one yet :0)

Sarah said...

i used to love fog as a teenager. i thought it was poetic and mysterious and beautiful. but i didn't drive back then.

Kathy said...

Our winters here in Oregon have lots of fog and I don't like it either. I like to be able to see what is out there. I love your descriptions of the fog.

Brenda Grolle said...

Wonderfully written. I thought I was at the beginning of a great horror novel for a moment there.

Fran Hill @ Being Miss said...

Love the Carl Sandberg line. Very nice post.

Valerie said...

I don't like fog. As a young woman it was an unwelcome obstacle to be overcome, like walking to and from work because public transport was discontinued. The only good thing was that everyone was in the same boat and we walked together, sharing food and stories for example. I did enjoy the way you wrote about it though.

Diney said...

I love the description 'slithering in like a boa constrictor' - very well written! x

M-Cat said...

If I could just deal with fog, I'd be happy. The inversions we get are killer. Depressing, choking and all encompassing smothering.

Wow, that was depressing. Sorry.

M-Cat said...

If I could just deal with fog, I'd be happy. The inversions we get are killer. Depressing, choking and all encompassing smothering.

Wow, that was depressing. Sorry.

Boomer Pie said...

M-Cat: Where do ya live? Sounds like somewhere on West coast. I agree, it can be depressing. I'm on the Gulf of Mexico and actually fog is unusual here...especially the late afternoon fog that I wrote about.

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