Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Raindrops streak across the window, leaving a trail of watery fragileness. Menacing gray clouds, with big bushy eyebrows, growl at the earth. Gathering winds, demonstrating maybe, crowd the cracked squares and stoned streets. Temperatures are falling to a certain degree and temperaments are rising to a certain chill. Cheeks are beginning to rose; noses are beginning to run. Gloves are being handled; scarves are being necked. Bodies are being coated; hats are being headed. Ears are getting muffed; lips are getting chapped. Breath becoming visible in a foggy way; fog becoming invisible in a breathy way. Daylight now much shorter; shorts now much longer. Beaded sweat replaced by knitted sweater; ice coffees replaced by steamy espressos. The outdoor heaters join the outdoor diners for dinner. The security guards bounce from foot to foot. The passengers enter the bus with a gust of frigidness. Vents blowing artificial heat into rooms; heat, then, is being artificially vented. Less humanity outdoors: maybe because it is too fresh. Fewer people hanging out: maybe they are just trying to hang in. Hands rub together, trying to imitate flint stones; stones are stone cold. The trucks exhaust exuding exhausted excuses shaped like steam smelling of chemical. Shivering skins looking for a pocket; pocketed shivers looking for some skin. Feet cold on the bathroom floor; toes colder in open sandals. Fingers holding the cigarette are uncomfortably numb; as are some minds. Umbrellas are pulled inside out, they look like giant funnels; everybody is pulled together, trying to bring their limbs outside in – and I just stand there bundled in my fur coat, amused –

Yes, it is winter in Jerusalem, but it is also winter in my heart.


Blogger The Bearded One said...

fur coat... is this something new or is it just another name for the naturally coated?

i'm not sure i fi should be depressed or not...


12/21/2005 2:37 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

a tzadik in peltz.

12/21/2005 2:43 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

ok. i'm slow.

12/21/2005 3:19 PM  
Anonymous bloggerai said...

fun to read- thank you

12/21/2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger Avi said...

A) How's the weather!?

B) Can a hat beheaded?

12/21/2005 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is nothing worse than a frigid heart...

a bit of passion and the world will reawaken from its winter indifference.

and love the coat.

12/22/2005 6:07 PM  
Anonymous H. said...

in my opinion:
fair should be fair, if it wants to be fair.

12/23/2005 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... might make you feel better to know that it was 80 degrees here in L.A. today.

Happy Chanukah Jake

12/25/2005 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jake jake bo bake banana fanan fo fake fee fi mo make

ta da.

12/25/2005 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Jag said...

One would be hard pressed for an explanation as to why the previous comment wasn't signed!

12/25/2005 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was signed: ta da.

ta da.

12/27/2005 10:14 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

the last one was me.

12/27/2005 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Cold in the North said...

"Fingers holding the cigarette are uncomfortably numb; as are some minds"

Doubtfull whether the Numbminded are really that uncofortable in their state. Or is it you, the observer, who reamains uncomfortable?

In the latter case, this wouldn't be a wholly accurate analogy.

Regards from 644,
-Roy the Choy

1/04/2006 11:18 AM  
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1/30/2006 12:03 PM  

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