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Mairéad Byrne
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THE WEATHER



        for my father John Byrne, meteorologist


12.4.03
It’s a bitterly cold day in Providence.
12.5.03
First winter snow in Providence.
12.6.03
Looks like about 8 inches of snow in Providence.
12.7.03
A sunless cold day in Providence.
12.8.03
It’s a sunny bright day in Providence, snow melting.
12.9.03
Bird notes and snow drop in intense beads into Providence thaw.
12.10.03
A pleasant grey day in Providence, snow in dirty heaps and damp clumps.
12.11.03
A rainy dark slushy day in Providence, and blowy. Redolent and swampy.
12.12.03
A sunny mild day in Providence.
12.13.03
A sunny cold day in Providence.
12.14.03
Another snowfall in Providence; rain during the night.
12.15.03
Briefly, a light golden day in Providence.
12.16.03
A sunny fine day in Providence.
12.17.03
A gusty warm day in Providence.
12.18.03
A warm sunny day in Providence.
12.19.03
A sunny cold blue-skied day in Providence, with birdsong both fluting and trilled.
12.20.03
High sun and big clouds up in blue sky over Hope Street.
12.21.03
A sunny cold day in Providence, packed ridges of grey snow still flanking the sidewalks.
12.22.03
Great sunny blue skies in Providence.
12.23.03
Yellow sweater, russet cords: no coat today in Providence.
12.24.03
A warm sunny day in Providence. Anything seems possible.
12.25.03
Calm sunny day in Providence; rain in the morning.
12.26.03
A slightly foggy, crisp night in Providence, with mulled stars.
12.27.03
An eerie still frosty crisp night in Providence.
12.28.03
Light green and pink streaks in the sky over Providence; very calm day.
12.29.03
A glittering day in Providence.
12.30.03
A blustery cold day in Providence; calm in the evening.
12.31.03
A dry meditative day in Providence.
1.1.04
A cold sunny day in Providence.
1.2.04
Snow again in Providence.
1.3.04
A damp mild day in Providence.
1.4.04
A mild wet day in Providence.
1.5.04
A somber rainy day in Providence.
1.6.04
A brilliant cold sunny day in Providence.
1.7.04
A very cold dry day in Providence.
1.8.04
A very cold brilliant day in Providence, 21°.
1.9.04
A freezing cold day in Providence. We were all talking about it.
1.10.04
Another freezing cold day in Providence, buoyed up by the sun.
1.11.04
Tedi says it's a balmy day in Providence, meaning we're not all falling down with the cold.
1.12.04
Light fluffy snow in Providence, about 2 inches.
1.13.04
Another balmy mild day in Providence, grumbling gusts towards night.
1.14.04
A freezing cold day in Providence: 2 centimeters lost from my entire outline, 3 from my profile.
1.15.04
About one inch of snow overnight in Providence; sun.
1.16.04
Insanely cold day in Providence. As Clio says—What is God thinking??? Rhode Island schools closed.
1.17.04
The cold has eased in Providence. Streets and sidewalks still white with salt.
1.18.04
Snow. I didn't go out to measure the inches. I bow to the discipline of snow.
1.19.04
Sunny in the morning. Snow still on the ground. Very cold.
1.20.04
Cold inside and out.
1.21.04
A coldish, sunny day in Providence.
1.22.04
Not a day with a lot of personality. Maybe it’s me. Some snow in the afternoon.
1.23.04
A sunny cold day in Providence.
1.24.04
A freezing cold day in Providence.
1.25.04
A freezing cold day in Providence. Sunny.
1.26.04
Another cold day in Providence; serious ice on sidewalk and street.
1.27.04
We're all waiting for the big snowstorm.
1.28.04
The storm bypassed us. About 4 inches of snow. Schools opened one hour late but—not being TV watchers—we didn't know.
1.29.04
A brilliant sunny day in Providence, rather cold.
1.30.04
It wouldn't be fair to say a miserably cold day in Providence because the sun is shining but when I walked Clio to school my chin felt as if a good two inches were being lopped off with a very cold knife and Clio's face was splotched red. Is weather the root of all narrative?
1.31.04
A cold sunny day in Providence. Worries. February Eve.
2.1.04
A sunny mild day in Providence. Driving around singing over the crazy muffler.
2.2.04
A sparkling day in Providence, anois teacht an earraigh.
2.3.04
Ice showers toward night.
2.4.04
A spring-like day in Providence (for winter).
2.5.04
A sunny fine day in Providence.
2.6.04
Snowing again in Providence.
2.7.04
A mild sunny day in Providence.
2.8.04
A day when the wind, howling moderately, sounded good inside but outside—it would freeze the chaps off you.
2.9.04
A mildish sunnyish off-color day in Providence.
2.10.04
A brilliant warm day in Providence.
2.11.04
A soft sunny day in Providence.
2.12.04
A big sunny day in Providence.
2.13.04
A shiny sunny day in Providence, cold.
2.14.04
A golden Valentine's day in Providence; roamed all over East Providence.
2.15.04
A brilliant big day in Providence, sunny and cold.
2.16.04
A big cold sunny day in Providence.
2.17.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
2.18.04
Light snow in Providence.
2.19.04
Very cold in Providence. We ran from the car to the playground and almost as quickly ran from the playground back to the car. It was so cold. My tough girl is not so tough any more.
2.20.04
A sunny sustaining day in Providence.
2.21.04
A rainy day in the car, my hideout.
2.22.04
Another day with the big sun pulling me over the horizon.
2.23.04
A big sunny day in Providence. Warm.
2.24.04
A semi-coatless day in Providence.
2.25.04
Providence freighted with winter sun.
2.26.04
What sort of a day in Providence? —Remember!
2.27.04
A big sunny day in Providence, no coat.
2.28.04
Warm in the car for the first time this year without heat.
2.29.04
A sunny mild day in Providence, very beautiful.
3.1.04
A warm sunny day in Providence, no coat.
3.2.04
A sunny warm day in Providence, no jacket.
3.3.04
A brilliant warm day in Providence, no jacket.
3.4.04
An overcast day in Providence, sunny towards evening.
3.5.04
A slightly gloomy day in Providence, sunny in the afternoon, drizzle.
3.6.04
A very soft day in Providence, grey.
3.7.04
A very nice day in Providence.
3.8.04
Snow.
3.9.04
Snow.
3.10.04
Cold & sunny in Providence.
3.11.04
A warm cold day in Providence.
3.12.04
Sun & wind & hail & snow in Providence.
3.13.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
3.14.04
A cold sunny day in Providence.
3.15.04
A warm sunny day in Providence, no coat.
3.16.04
Snowing in Providence.
3.17.04
Snow. To be fair it's fluffy.
3.18.04
Snow thawing, still snowing.
3.19.04
Snow in the morning; sun in the afternoon.
3.20.04
A sunny cold day in Providence: sunny enough for no coat; cold enough to feel cold.
3.21.04
A sunny day in Providence, coldish.
3.22.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
3.23.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, where the cavernous downtown admits no sun.
3.24.04
A very soft day in Providence.
3.25.04
Chicago
3.26.04
Chicago
3.27.94
Incredible day in Chicago: air like fresh water.
3.28.04
A cool clear day in Providence.
3.29.04
A sunny warm day in Providence though Clio, who never felt the cold, feels cold.
3.30.04
An overcast day in Providence.
3.31.04
Great lashings of rain all day in Providence.
4.1.04
Another rainy dark day in Providence.
4.2.04
One of those cold-inside-the-clothes days. In Providence.
4.3.04
A cold day in Providence.
4.4.04
Rain showers in Providence.
4.5.04
A very cold sunny day in Providence, and windy.
4.6.04
A sunny cold day in Providence.
4.7.04
A mild sunny day in Providence.
4.8.04
A very mild day in Providence.
4.9.04
A no-jacket day in Providence.
4.10.04
A beautiful breezy sunny day in Providence.
4.11.04
A coldish day in Providence.
4.12.04
A just about jacketless day in Providence, coldish.
4.13.04
A cold rainy day in Providence, relentless, almost the smell of fall.
4.14.04
A warm wet day in Providence.
4.15.04
A cold wet day that unfolded late into sun.
4.16.04
A sunnyish day in Providence.
4.17.04
A brilliant day book-ended by gloom; everyone happy on Thayer.
4.18.04
A welcome warm day in Providence, coldish toward night.
4.19.04
A lovely warm day in Providence, not quite up in the 80s as promised but welcome, especially towards night. Students standing on Benefit chatting in the dark.
4.20.04
A balmy warm day in Providence. On the way to school I remarked to Clio that adults like to talk about the weather. She said children talk about it too, but what they like best is to play in it. I'd like to play in the weather today.
4.21.04
A fine calm day in Providence
4.22.04
Galway
4.23.04
Galway
4.24.04
Galway
4.25.04
Cold again in Providence
4.26.04
Bucketloads of rain in Providence
4.27.04
A very special day. Whoa bouncing clouds & hot sun in Providence. Blossoms on the shaggy trees. Flowers shaking their colors into the air & onto the green grass.
4.28.04
A cold sunny day in Providence.
4.29.04
Sun, heat, winter clothes. In my office in Providence.
4.30.04
A warm sunny day in Providence. In class all day.
5.1.04
A glorious May Day in Providence; dusty inside.
5.2.04
A rainy May day in Providence. I wanted to write a paean to May this morning before I set foot outside. But the fact is: there are magnolia blossoms all over the ground tonight, and fall is in the air.
5.3.04
A rainy May day in Providence, coldish.
5.4.04
Just about jacketless day in Providence.
5.5.04
I suppose there was (May) weather today in Providence.
5.6.04
I think it was sunny today in Providence.
5.7.04
A sunny day in Providence, easy, no coat.
5.8.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
5.9.04
A rainy day in Providence, sun towards evening.
5.10.04
A sunny breezy day in Providence.
5.11.04
A warm breezy day in Providence.
5.12.04
A very warm sunny day in Providence.
5.13.04
Overcast in the morning; then a sparkling day in Providence.
5.14.04
Overcast & coldish in the morning, then sunny & calm in Providence.
5.15.04
A lovely sunny day in Providence, very warm but heavenly toward evening.
5.16.04
A very beautiful, sunny day in Providence; rain in the morning.
5.17.04
A cooler, overcast day in Providence.
5.18.04
An easy day in Providence.
5.19.04
Clio & I stepped in grey calm this morning; a very easy day in Providence.
5.20.04
A sunny warm day in Providence; teaching and in the office; payday.
5.21.04
A sublime evening in Providence, though cold & grey in the morning. Last class at last.
5.22.04
A coldish grey day in Providence.
5.23.04
A grey rainy day in Providence, coldish, green trees, russet brick.
5.24.04
Cold hands this morning; no car; at last sun towards evening in Providence.
5.25.04
A coldish day in Providence, threatening rain.
5.26.04
Another gloomy grey day in Providence, and cold. What's happening?
5.27.04
At last the sun comes out in Providence.
5.28.04
Back in the doldrums today, rain, greyness, luxury of staying at home for some of it.
5.29.04
Sunny at last (all day) in Providence.
5.30.04
A beautiful sunny day in Providence, blowy.
5.31.04
A greyish day in Providence.
6.1.04
A cold rainy day in Providence. Unbelievable.
6.2.04
Sun & rain in Providence.
6.3.04
The sun struggled with the rain all day in Providence.
6.4.04
Sun today in Providence.
6.5.04
The sun managed to keep its balance today. Commencement at RISD.
6.6.04
Unbelievable. Cold & rain & wind sternly fingering the trees in Providence.
6.7.04
Some sun some cold some rain inside & out.
6.8.04
A very warm sunny day in Providence.
6.9.04
A hot sunny day in Providence, golden & bright.
6.10.04
A cooler, grey day in Providence, welcome.
6.12.04
A sunny calm day in Providence, beautiful.
6.13.04
A perfect day in Providence.
6.14.04
A grey, still day in Providence.
6.15.04
A warm eventually sunny day in Providence.
6.16.04
A flaming sunset over west Providence tonight.
6.17.04
Warm & heavy during the day, stormy towards night.
6.18.04
A calm cool day in Providence.
6.19.04
A sunny breezy day in Providence.
6.20.04
A sunny mild day in Providence.
6.21.04
A beautiful sunny day in Providence, breezy.
6.22.04
A grey still day in Providence. My father's anniversary.
6.23.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
6.24.04
Orono
6.25.04
Orono
6.26.04
Orono
6.27.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
6.28.04
A fairly nice day in Providence.
6.30.04
A gorgeous day in Providence.
7.1.04
A sunny blowy day in Providence.
7.2.04
I went up into our warm attic which I love to watch huge hailstones bounce off the roof.
7.3.04
A warm sunny day in Providence.
7.4.04
Fireworks outside. Poems inside.
7.5.04
A rainy day in Providence.
7.6.04
Dark clouds lowering but no rain. Walked 6 miles & my bones know it.
7.7.04
A warm stew of a day in Providence.
7.8.04
A moderate day in Providence.
7.9.04
A fresh sunny day in Providence.
7.10.04
A lovely day in Providence.
7.11.04
Birds doing their best to keep up with perfect weather in Providence.
7.12.04
A fresh sunny day in Providence; it got grey & glowery towards evening, even slightly chilly: that old winter's coming feeling ….
7.13.04
An easy rainy day in Providence.
7.14.04
A soft breezy fresh day in Providence, grey.
7.15.04
Galway
7.16.04
Galway
7.17.04
Galway/Dublin
7.18.04
Dublin
7.19.04
Dublin
7.20.04
Dublin/Galway
7.21.04
Galway/Kinvara
7.22.04
Kinvara
7.23.04
Kinvara
7.24.04
Kinvara
7.25.04
Kinvara
7.26.04
Kinvara/Belmullet
7.27.04
Belmullet/Kinvara
7.28.04
Kinvara
7.29.04
Kinvara
7.30.04
Kinvara
7.31.04
Kinvara/Inis Oirr
8.1.04
Inis Oirr
8.2.04
Inis Oirr
8.3.04
Galway/Kinvara
8.4.04
Kinvara/Dublin
8.5.04
Dublin
8.6.04
Dublin/Ballina
8.7.04
Ballina/Kinvara
8.8.04
Kinvara/Moycullen
8.9.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
8.10.04
A very fine sunny day in Providence.
8.11.04
Coolish grey morning, soon caught up by warm sun.
8.12.04
The weather broke about 9pm. Isabelle said "Thank God. The rain hammered down and the street ran with it.
8.13.04
Rain in the evening. The air felt cleaned out.
8.14.04
The tail-end of Hurricane Charlie due to strike. Rain all night.
8.15.04
Woke up to rain.
8.16.04
A rainy day in Providence.
8.17.04
Barely aware of the weather today; buying a car.
8.18.04
A warm sunny day in Providence, grey and fresh at intervals during the late afternoon.
8.19.04
An indeterminate day in Providence.
8.20.04
A slightly heavy warm day in Providence.
8.21.04
A strange stormy day in Providence, strung close to the line then crossing it in reckless outbursts of rain.
8.22.04
A fine sunny day in Providence; heavenly at Point Judith.
8.23.04
A glorious day in Providence.
8.24.04
A fresh sunny day in Providence.
8.25.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
8.26.04
A perfect day in Providence.
8.27.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
8.28.04
A hot sticky day in Providence.
8.29.04
Another warm day in Providence.
8.30.04
A warm heavy day in Providence.
8.31.04
Rain throughout the night; still heavy; sun towards evening.
9.1.04
A very fine day in Providence; breath-taking light towards sun-down; warm upstairs.
9.2.04
A changeable day in Providence.
9.3.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
9.4.04
A lovely, blowy day in Providence.
9.5.04
A fresh breezy day in Providence.
9.6.04
A lovely cool day in Providence.
9.7.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
9.8.04
Hard rain all night. Gloomy today if you see it that way.
9.9.04
Yesterday seems like today & vice versa.
9.10.04
A shiny breezy day in Providence. Gorgeous!
9.11.04
A glittering day in Providence.
9.12.04
Another perfect day in Providence.
9.13.04
A calm sunny day in Providence, beautiful light towards evening.
9.14.04
A beautiful day in Providence, cold wrapped inside heat.
9.15.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
9.16.04
An overcast day in Providence, some rain.
9.17.04
Warm in Providence, rain threatening.
9.18.04
A gloomy, inside day in Providence; lashed by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan.
9.19.04
Billowy clouds & sparkling trees, a breezy bright day in Providence.
9.20.04
A warm sunny day in Providence, the last day of summer they say.
9.21.04
Actually this is the last day of summer they say—a sunny one.
9.22.04
A very fine, gentle day in Providence; first day of fall.
9.23.04
A perfect day in Providence, elegant, calm, judicious.
9.24.04
A mild, sunny day in Providence, perfect.
9.25.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, very still.
9.26.04
A gorgeous sedate day in Providence.
9.27.04
A sunny fine day in Providence; everything seems easy.
9.28.04
A rough rainy day in Providence.
9.29.04
Fall arrives like a bill on its due date, gloomily intent on business.
9.30.04
A fine sunny fall day in Providence.
10.1.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, glittering.
10.2.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, big-drop rain towards night.
10.3.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, state buildings on Smith Street rosy towards sunset.
10.4.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, edgy with high skies & clouds.
10.5.04
Providence this evening: a bowl of cold sun.
10.6.04
A fine sunny day in Providence, working all day & night.
10.7.04
A balmy mild day in Providence, sublime.
10.8.04
A very fine sunny day in Providence.
10.9.04
A beautiful mild day in Providence, no jacket.
10.10.04
A warm cloudy day in Providence, sunny in the afternoon.
10.11.04
A wonderful mild sunny day in Providence, wind in the trees during the night & early morning.
10.12.04
A sunny fall day in Providence, a nip in the heir as Keats & Chapman might say.
10.13.04
A warm enough day in Providence, sunny.
10.14.04
A day to stay indoors in Providence; but I had to go out.
10.15.04
A rainy day in Providence; gloomy towards evening: glad I put the elbow on my downspout.
10.16.04
A golden October day with big blue cirrus-swept skies, sparkling breezes & blowing leaves: a very successful poem.
10.17.04
A brilliant cold sunny day in Providence: from the inside looking out.
10.18.04
A cold sunny day in Providence, brilliant colors & energy.
10.19.04
An overcast day in Providence; rain.
10.20.04
A coldish sunny day in Providence.
10.21.04
Quite a bone-chilling day in Providence.
10.22.04
A gloomy wet day in Providence.
10.23.04
Nippy enough in Providence.
10.24.04
NYC
10.25.04
A grey October day in Providence, bark worse than bite.
10.26.04
October day brimful of blue sky, gold sun and cold in Providence.
10.27.04
A surprisingly benign day in Providence, altocumulus flocks—my Honda felt like a Boeing on the upside-down flight path of Smith Street.
10.28.04
A shining day in Providence; flexed starfish arm of cloud high over Smith Street.
10.29.04
Sublime sunshine & altocumulus clouds in Providence.
10.30.04
A drizzly day in Providence.
10.31.04
A pale gold day in Providence, sublime.
11.1.04
From inside the sparkling wind & leaf machine of fall—greetings!
11.2.04
A coldish election day in Providence, improving toward evening.
11.3.04
Virginia
11.4.04
A cold grey day in Providence.
11.5.04
A very cold blowy day in Providence with crackling sun.
11.6.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
11.7.04
Stunningly beautiful day, gold bits flying everywhere.
11.8.04
A perfect day in Providence, still held in the gold & russet cup of fall.
11.9.04
Fall: dazzling, relentless, efficient, thorough.
11.10.04
A very cold day in Providence.
11.11.04
A calm grey day in Providence, softening in the afternoon, no resistance, even at night.
11.12.04
A gloomy cold wet day in Providence, time for bed.
11.13.04
Snow, about 4 inches.
11.14.04
The day after the snow; a real day in waiting; I finally go out.
11.15.04
A mild balmy day in Providence, no resistance.
11.16.04
Lovely day, effortless without, stormy & knotted within.
11.17.04
An easy limpid day in Providence.
11.18.04
A yellow & blue day in Providence, very mild.
11.19.04
Gloom in the morning, stretching & brightening in the afternoon.
11.20.04
A pleasant mild day in Providence; rain at night.
11.21.04
A grey still day in Providence; didn't go out until night.
11.22.04
An easy day in Providence; no Novembers to speak of.
11.23.04
Big blue sky behind the lemon pith State Capitol bold as a fist; silvered mackerel skies later; flamingo cloud-puffs at sunset.
11.24.04
Rain in Providence.
11.25.04
Surprising grey skies in the morning, rain; Thanksgiving Day inside.
11.26.04
A cold sunny day in Providence.
11.27.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
11.28.04
Rain, gloom. Not a day for going out but I'm going out.
11.29.04
Sunny but chilly in Providence.
11.30.04
Not a bad old day in Providence, blue skies & sun.
12.1.04
Formidable gloom, gusts & rain lashings in the morning; piquant sunshine and color streaks by mid-afternoon.
12.2.04
Quivering sun; rain-streaked heavens & Providence.
12.3.04
Ominous afternoon but snow didn't come.
12.4.04
A fine sunny day in Providence.
12.5.04
Windows open inside.
12.6.04
Slow lumps of sky-talk, as Galway Kinnell said in a bad line of poetry I've remembered for 17 years.
12.7.04
Gloomy, cold day in Providence; oceanic puddles.
12.8.04
A brilliant blue day in Providence, all surfaces overlaid with sun.
12.9.04
Mild.
12.10.04
A gloomy drippy day in Providence, not cold.
12.11.04
A grey tender day in Providence, a little wet, replete with incipience.
12.12.04
Stayed in.
12.13.04
Wettish.
12.14.04
A very cold sunny day in Providence; my feet wanted boots.
12.15.04
A very cold day in Providence, and North Providence, and Johnston.
12.16.04
A brilliant day in Providence, sunny, almost warm.
12.17.04
Morning snow, sunshine.
12.18.04
A brilliant blue day in Providence.
12.19.04
A lovely mild day in Providence.
12.20.04
Snow, 2-3 inches.
12.21.04
Severe cold split by sun.
12.22.04
A tranquil mild day in Providence.
12.23.04
A grey day in Providence, temperate, still, elegant.
12.24.04
Christmas Eve; hot in kitchen.
12.25.04
Christmas; blue skies.
12.26.04
Snow, 3-4 inches.
12.27.04
Sun on snow.
12.28.04
Sunny, cold enough in Providence.
12.29.04
Thaw; drops falling from eaves in Providence.
12.30.04
A moist sunny day in Providence, not cold.
12.31.04
A mild moist day in Providence.


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MAIREAD BYRNE immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1994 for reasons of poetry. Her collection NELSON & THE HURUBURU BIRD was published in 2003 by Wild Honey Press. Recent and upcoming publications include two chapbooks, AN EDUCATED HEART (Palm Press 2005) and VIVAS (Wild Honey Press 2005), and poems in 5 AM, CONDUIT, DENVER QUARTERLY, and VOLT. She is the author of two plays, two books of interviews with Irish artists, a short book on James Joyce, and a lot of journalism in Ireland and the United States. She earned a PhD in Theory & Cultural Studies from Purdue University in 2001 and lives with her two daughters in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches poetry at Rhode Island School of Design.