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Rawlins Gilliland, a National Endowment of the Arts Master Poet, praises the beauty of Spring in this essay. However, he uses personal experiences and poetic references to point out the beauty also to be found in Fall, Winter and Summer.
"A Love Poem to the Season" aired locally April 5, 2007 on KERA 90.1 FM in Dallas, TX during the "C" block of "Morning Edition".
My entire life, I've heard weather people and newscasters inevitably anoint a day that is sunny and clear and 75 degrees as being "perfect". And why not? It is. But I contend that almost any day, and the season that contains it, offers its own potential perfection. To christen one time of year or some assigned prototype day as being the universally accepted ideal strikes me as presumptuously perverse; like saying only Caucasian blondes are pretty. Overcast days with an icy 37 degree mist need not apply! Never mind that knowing the outside world is frigid warms my heart with its cocooning, austere solitude.
I read recently that merely nine percent of Americans call winter their favorite season. I'm one of those nine percent because, not that long ago, I walked on an abandoned wooded golf course in the snowy slick whiteness. And my dog and I were both warm and happy. The moi...
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Timing and Cues
Suggested intro: We look forward to the beauty of Spring, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland points out there's beauty year-round if we just bother to look.
Anchor tag: Rawlins Gilliland is a National Endowment for the Arts Master Poet. He lives in Dallas, TX.