The No in November

November is the time of year when nothing really happens. I guess that’s why the name of the month begins with “No.”

The poem “November” by Thomas Hood says it all. It begins:

This striking photo by my brother-in-law David Jenne portrays the beautiful gloom of November.

“No sun–no moon!
No morn–no noon!
No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day–
No sky–no earthly view–
No distance looking blue–”

The beginning of November has the elections -thank Gawd they’re over. The end of the month brings Thanksgiving. In between, there’s not much. Except for hunting, there’s not much to do outside. Lousy weather for hiking, skiing and boarding and snowshoeing aren’t options yet, so it’s quiet on that front.

The birds have migrated south, and it’s quiet outside. Tomblike, sometimes.   I worked outside yesterday morning, cleaning up a garden with no life left in it. The sky was a featureless gray, as it usually is in November. I wish I remember the name of the poet who said the November sky is the color of a “disinterested third party”

Yesterday afternoon, the sun came out for a while, but the weak, low light had almost none of the warmth it had just a month or two ago.

This morning, its gray again, with sleet and freezing rain. There’s almost nobody out there it’s so miserable.

I actually like this seasonal pause, November. It’s not pleasant, it’s not cheerful, but it’s a welcome breather from the hubub that usually happens in other times of year.

November girds us for the Christmas season – a gaudy orgy of fake-cheery commercialism, too-great expectations, enough saccharine, icky holiday displays to induce a diabetic coma and incredibly annoying demands from every retailer under the sun that we BUY! BUY! BUY!

With the prospect (threat?) of Christmas looming,  the subdued, gray quiet of November is welcome nourishment.

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2 Responses to “The No in November”

  1. beckyyk Says:

    I agree. I love the Fall, but winter is cool because the ominous feeling that winter is coming. You can bundle up with a sweater and a hot drink and relax in the inspiring gloom.

  2. genapittam Says:

    this comnent was grait hope you injot it gena

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