Greenness and sunlight


It was the kind of October day for which residents of New Orleans endure the summers, sparkling blue-gold with just a touch of crispness…

—Poppy Z. Brite, Liquor (2004)

Brite could have been writing about Jackson, Mississippi, in February.

While those north of the Mason-Dixon line are swaddled in overcoats and scarves until April, I’m out walking the neighborhood in a t-shirt and jeans, taking photographs (like the one above) of clear skies, blooming flowers, and sunlight. Every time I imagine myself in Chicago or New York or Seattle, I think about what winter is like in those cities and chuckle.

Yes, you can laugh at me in mid-July, when I’m cursing the 95-degree heat by 9 a.m., and sweating through my light cotton shirts. For now, though, I’m reveling in the walk I just finished, during which I saw Mexican teens playing soccer, homeowners out raking leaves, and green-draped trees everywhere. I’m making tea and preparing to finish reading a book… on my balcony.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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