Ah, the ripening grass of Autumn.
Yes, but this winter will be a hunger winter. Most awns and glumes are empty of seed. They look find, but the vast majority are empty. The others have very tiny kernels.
After the last bare-handed tomato picking, the stained man goes forth…
The young doe below is walking through the tinkling bells of the grass, but the tinkling is empty. She is eating weed, and the birds are all gone. Still, there are dogs up there. It’s worthwhile to keep eyes, ears and nose on dogs.
A hard winter is coming. That is the face of summer’s drought. Or, look, this is winter, here, now:
Or, put it another way: “Nuclear Winter” is a term used to describe the lack of a growing season through a summer, caused by clouds of dust in the stratosphere caused by nuclear war. We could as well say that right now we have passed halfway through a smoke summer, with the hardest months yet to come.
May the birds find shelter and food where they can. May the deer people find weeds and scrub where humans have lacked the energy to remove them.
May the human people be patient and help them through.
May we get through this together.