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Part 1. Discussing Weather

how’s this weather

I propose the weather report
go to the front of the news

it’s the first thing we talk about
with friends, relatives
bus stop strangers

sports can go at the back
followed by the news
which often contains
lots of weather stuff
anyway

hope the rain clears this afternoon
my potatoes will rot if this rain keeps up

is it weather we are discussing
or are meteorological sentences
merely snippets of social lubrication
icebreakers for awkward moments
like filling in a hole in the road
to keep traffic flowing

this wind is getting inside my head
hope the kids are rugged up

unwritten rule
for weather conversations
agree
or risk social alienation

example

Mrs Smith
senilic haze
sans hearing-aid notes
lovely weather we’ve been having
as monsoonal rain hits the roof
like bucket loads of jagged stones
dropped onto tin
yes, lovely weather
is the polite response

weather’s taken a turn for the worse
better take your brolly

we talk about the weather
to all of those we meet
is primal fear stirring
beneath the cortex deep?

what about that tsunami off Chile
those floods are causing havoc out West

to overcome a natural reserve
talk about the weather
it is a simple greeting
nothing more and nothing better.

Gaawd it’s hot
It’s cold enough to freeze the …

26 thoughts on “The Art of Conversation

  1. That just captures the Australian conversational spirit GB.

    We were talking to an Italian guest the other day, and he was AMAZED at how often the Aussies talked about the weather in casual conversations.

    d.

    1. Thanks d – I think a phd is required “a cross-cultural study into the prevalence of weather related commentary in everyday conversations.” Australia might just pip the post because our weather is so much more important than other countries – we have all the good stuff – floods, droughts, cyclones.

  2. Reminds me of when one is asked how they feel out of courtesy, for the sake of conversation; and the question is taken literally, thus beginning a laundry list of ailments. lol Thanks.

  3. I can see many things common to Australia and Canada and talking about the weather is one. I like to say that we are what weather we have to endure.
    I agree, weather report in front and sport last!

  4. well, right now we are having a torrential downpour, and the reports are it will be worse tomorrow. winds up to 50 mph and potential water-in-the-basement situations. yup, around here we talk about the weather too.
    I really enjoyed this, gabrielle, and it made me laugh!

    1. Thanks Brad, yes, a poem for all weather, like a good coat to withstand the rain and wind. I take requests, though I’m not very good with the nice weather (sunshine blah,blah,blah) I prefer the bad weather poems to reflect life’s crappier moments.

  5. Hi Gabrielle, maybe you’re right! There’s a PhD in this for someone, but how about a study of topics by nationality? Here’s a few for starters.

    Australians: Weather.
    Kiwis: Rugby.
    Canadians: Ice Hockey.
    Poms: Immigrants.
    Yanks: Themselves.
    South Africans: Relatives that have left.
    Eskimos: The price of Scotch.
    Italians: Sex. (Berlusconi’s).
    French: Sex. (their own).

    Then there’s Adam’s comment that started an idea, ie, age related topics.

    Infants: Teachers, video games.
    Early teens: Celebs, ‘the look’.
    Mid teens: Friends’ relationships (same sex).
    Later teens: Friends’ relationships (any sex).
    Twenties: Own relationships.
    Thirties: (F) Babies, own and others’.
    (M) Bitching about partners.
    Forties: (F) Career.
    (M) Toys (cars & boats).
    Fifties: (F) Grandchildren.
    (M) Retirement.
    Sixties: Ailments & operations.
    Seventie: Medications.
    Eighties: Who died.
    Nineties: My age.
    Hundreds: The Queen’s telegram.

    Then there’s…. Stop it!

    1. ha,ha,ha – excellent. My mum was just saying how every conversation she has with older friends involves illness or obituaries. This is a treasure trove for poem ideas, thanks for stopping by and providing great prompts Stafford.

  6. Ha, love how this poem muses on how much we humans like to talk about the weather. We’ve been doing a great deal of weather talk in East TN USA this winter, with all the snow and cold. And now everyone’s asking, Where’s the sun, where’s the sun? Well, it’s in the sky, but it would be nice to see the thing once in a while. 😉

    1. We’ve all been blogging about the weather as well. Just for the record I don’t believe it is just a conversation filler, I think we all know, deep down, how powerless we can be in the face of the weather.

  7. In a comment above you mention, “a cross-cultural study into the prevalence of weather related commentary in everyday conversations.” That’s exactly what this poem is, and I love it! It’s not even about the weather! It’s about what is just beneath the surface of the trivial and zombie-like things we encounter (or our reactions to them) on a day to day basis!

    Wonderful!

  8. This is superb Gabe… put a lasting smile on my face. I am sure a fascination with the waether increases with age. My parents have become completely obsessed by measuring rain over the last few years…

    1. I think you may be right Graham. I really don’t get the measuring the rain and then informing the radio station thing! I categorise it as ‘a bit of rain’, ‘a lot of rain’ and ‘it pissed down’ – what more do you need.

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