Killing Time


Dreaming of trails

I had to sit around indoors as the weather had turned to rain
too wet to go outside to play on trail or garden both the same
I looked around for things to do something that I would not shirk
the house needs cleaning and dusting too but somehow that looks like work
there is only me and three small dogs whose contribution to the cause
is for each to have their special place where they can sleep without a pause
to interrupt their daily routines just to clean up their dust
doesn’t seem to be the way to go no need for me to make a fuss
that solves the problem about cleaning the house but what to do instead
I could probably take a nap and creep back into bed
the dogs would cuddle up with me just to keep me safe 
but that would be a waste of time and my mind would chafe
as doing nothing is not my way so that idea is gone
so maybe I can write a poem a verse or more not long
it’s just that I am sitting here with nothing much to show
messing around with my PC and things are going slow
trying to write a word or two to get them all to rhyme
and the going is very hard and taking all of my time
but wait just look what I have written words that are in verse
and maybe it’s not that good but I have written worse
so I will make this do for now and write another day
when the brain is working not so hard but in a different way
tomorrow the sun many shine and I can take a walk
much better than sitting here with a brain that will not talk.

Written 12/6/2018

Snow in Austin?


We got our first “snow” last evening. At least, the Austin equivalent of snow. For us, it’s mostly frozen ice and it does manage to create much havoc on the streets and highways. Most Austinites are not used to driving in these sort of hazardous conditions and do not make any allowances in speed or brake time and only manage to stop when they run into something.

Don’t know what it is about Austin drivers. It’s as though inclement weather is like someone throwing down a gauntlet and the foolhardy ones accept the challenge by driving faster and thinking less. That is until they either cause an accident or manage to get themselves involved in one.

I made a small video of the scenes at my house. Kinda picturesque in a way. Thank goodness that it only lasted for a couple of days. I spent ten years in New York State and saw enough snow to last me two lifetimes.

Hate the stuff…That and cold weather…Come on you 100 degrees…

Austin Snow 2014 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Cold Weather


Frost bitten Geraniums

Frost bitten Geraniums

My garden is a bloody mess
with Jack Frost finally doing its thing
where there was a lot of green
all has a nasty dead coloring.

Nearly all the plants the frost has dried
freezing the moisture from the inside
the end result is a burnt brown look
that will require that I cut
everything back to the roots.

As the weather is still very cold
the cutting back can keep until
some comfort can be found
as the temperature rises from the ground
and warmer weather comes around.

I love my garden I have to say
and I don’t mind the fact that it is hard work
but I certainly want some warmth at least
if I am to go and tame the beast.

We do seem to be having a much colder time
than we normally get this time of year
generally, it is not till next month
that freezing weather arrives here.

Global warming must be the cause
at least that’s what the experts will say
Me, all I know is that it is cold
and I want it to go away.

Snow in New York State

Snow in New York State

I lived ten years in New York State
where winter lasts six months of the year
and six feet of accumulated snow I fear
is not uncommon when you wake

The coldest temperature I was in
was on a ski slope one evening
with the windchill it was down
to minus 52 below freezing

I took off my ski’s and walked back down
the mountain side on the same trail
I should have skied if it was not so cold
and instead headed in to the bar and to get warm.

Another time, I had a car freeze up
as the temperature was minus 23
and the only way to get it to start
was bring it inside and let it thaw.

I moved out of New York after ten years of hell
as far south as I could thinking that well
the snow only last’s one day at a time
and cold and frost was not really that much
and compared to New York, a walk in the park.

New Yorker‘s are a hardy bunch
they take this weather in their stride
they put on snow tires and winterize their cars
wear snow boots and long-johns to keep warm
they ride snow mobiles and skiing go
out in the cold and in the snow

Texas Summer

Texas Summer

I was so glad to leave that behind
and move to the warmth of the Texas sun
the summer times I can stand
when the temperatures climb to a hundred and one
sometimes even a little more
but I do not find that a chore
as shorts and tee shirts and sandles too
are all I need to keep me cool.

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