AM Inspiration: Summer Nights, Country and City Versions

The summer seemed to get off to a late start this year for many of us on the East Coast. All the rain and cool temperatures have finally given way to warm temperatures and warm nights. If you're trying to use less air conditioning this summer--or don't have it at all--there are a variety of strategies for keeping cool: reduce the use of heat-generating appliances like the stove, use fans, insulate...Living a greener summer requires adjusting your expectations as much as your thermostat. It may also help to remember what walking into a frigid office or store makes us forget: summers are supposed to be hot. Take a shower, eat a popsicle, and consider yourself to be in the best of company while you sweat.

Summers come in different styles. In the city, heat seems to scream through the sirens and blur the square edges of the buildings. At night the streets are full:

Summer Night, Riverside

by Sara Teasdale

In the wild soft summer darkness

How many and many a night we two together

Sat in the park and watched the Hudson

Wearing her lights like golden spangles

Glinting on black satin.

In the Southern country, the heat seems to be in cahoots with the cicadas, both growing in insistence as the summer goes on. The sun's power is evidenced in cropped brown fields and the direction the flowers lean. Things are always happening in nature, but this is especially visible during the summer.

Summer Night

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white..

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves

A shining furrow...

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,

And slips into the bosom of the lake:

Wishing you restful summer nights at a reasonable, seasonable temperature, and that your experience is not that of Umberto Saba's "Insomnia on a Summer Night":

It is one of those nights that make of grim insomnia a religious pleasure. My pillow is a stone...

Tags: Air conditioning, Climate change, Energy efficient, Global warming, Season, Summer

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