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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Bundled up in a heavy coat

I struggle to walk against the fury of the merciless wind

as the chill factor freezes my exposed skin

and my ears scream in pain for protection from the savage cold.

What strange forces have collided to wreak such frigid temperatures

upon this oasis of global warming?

Masses of humanity come from lands far, far away

for the sensation of tropical golden splendor.

I feel a twinge of pity for them as they huddle together...shocked, amazed

and angry that such epic glacial conditions have iced their well-laid plans.

But Mother Nature shows no favoritism.

She imparts her wrath with nonpartisan glee.

The sun is out but the streets are unusually quiet.

The shoreline is wind-whipped and as frothy as a caramel macchiato on steroids.

Shivering and quivering the tourists cower indoors at the bar

or watch TV in their rooms.

Even the souvenir stores are empty.

The beach is completely deserted except for a stray seagull or

a half naked couple from Pennsylvania desperately seeking tan.

Thousands of empty, blue, beach chaise-lounges stretch across the sand,

waiting in vain for sunbathers. But no one comes.

Not a single car in the vast beach parking lot. Not a one.

A bearded man, wearing a ski parka and a coon skin cap...

(I am not making this up)...stands on a street corner selling firewood.

This is the winter Florida experience...47 high noon.

Volleyball, anyone?

Lonely cabana chairs sit idle on a deserted Florida Gulf beach. 
A few shivering sunbathers brave the chilly weather at the Don Cesar Hotel
on St. Pete Beach, FL.  Notice the guy on the left in a coat and blanket.

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Ian said...

47 degrees....where in Florida?

Coffeypot said...

It's as cold as Hillary Clinton in a room alone with Bill. Chiver, chiver!

J.P. Travis said...

I've always had bad luck with Florida. Both times I visited Disney World I practically froze my butt off, and both times I headed south and didn't find warmth until Miami. Once we threw a surprise 50th anniversary party for my parents on a boat in Fort Meyers and it was so bloomin' cold everybody spent the whole evening huddled inside. But I'm not in Florida right now, so my bad luck is not responsible this time. Ha.

steven said...

a cold florida. it's hard to imagine let alone contemplate. what would happen to all the air conditioners? what would happen to all the uninsulated people living in uninsulated homes? lots and lots of cofee is what i figure. stay warm. steven

CountryDreaming said...

I can't help it. I love winter. And 47 is warm! Wonderful poetic rendering of this unusual Florida weather. Hope everyone can find a way to enjoy whatever weather comes your way!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

I just moved to York, PA from Orlando, FL, and my friends back in Florida keep telling me I took the heat with me when I went North!! I told them this couldn't be the case, since it's 34 degrees here and we have 18" of snow outside!

Thanks for dropping by and following my blog! I'll be following yours now, too! Cheers!

Marla said...

47 degrees?? That's a heat wave in Oklahoma for this time of year.

Love the descriptive writing. Excellent!

Diney said...

It's blinking cold up here in Northumberland this morning, and snowing!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Sounds positively balmy to us little Canadian Maritimers.

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. I'm a gonna follow you too!

ReformingGeek said...

So I take it you won't be skinny-dipping?


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sarah said...

too cold for me, but warm and cozy for d c i'm sure.

gayle said...

47 degrees in Fl is just too cold!!When is the best time to come?

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