Thursday, December 4, 2008


(an etheree)


sets red

a blessing

sun rises red

a sailor’s warning

oldtimers know the way

of weather, winter or spring

the younger ones rush through the day

ears to cell, eyes fixed on screens or tubes

when what they seek is writ so plain above


Matthew Burns said...

There an old saying on the mountain where I hail from, "Red at night, farmers delight; red at morning, farmer take warning.".

I've also heard this saying with sailor, but I'm guessing thee are different versions of it based on where people live.

Good post. You always seem to have the best things on your blog.


Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Matthew. It's the same saying, my version is what my mother said. They all knew what they were talking about!

I wrote this as a response to a prompt on First 50. You should visit there--it's a daily writing prompt, and you write 50 words, give or take, in response to the prompt. I write one about once a week, or whenever the suggested phrase strikes something in me.

Deborah Wilson said...

I've read this by way of the Farmer's Almanac - lot's of good stuff in there. Now, instead of looking toward the skies or nature, people rely on the Weather Channel.


Anonymous said...

I started teaching my son at an early age to watch the sky for changes and to match that sky with the weather report. It saved him from a tornado as well as other weather related issues.
Although he still has a phone in his ear or screen in his face, he tells me that his best memory is when we climbed on the roof of the house and watched the stars until the space shuttle and space station flew over. To this day, when ever anything special happens in the sky, my son and I share it. EJ is getting ready to leave for college, and I hope that those times will continue, even if over the phone.
See you soon,(Thank Goodness)

City Mouse said...

LOL _ GS, I was just thinking the same thing about the rhyme being different in different areas. In the Northeast Atlantic states, I've always heard, "Red at night, sailors' delight. Red in the morning, sailor's warning."

That first picture is a classic. It makes me think that tree is sitting on top of the world!

bayouwoman said...

And I use this almost daily, as I am a captain, and the predictions are for the most part quite accurate:

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.


I love the 50 words. I need to hone my skills as you have done.

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