Climate, by Emily Dickinson


I think that the Root of the Wind is Water —
It would not sound so deep
Were it a Firmamental Product–
Airs no Ocean keep —
Mediterranean intonations —
To a Current's Ear —
There is a maritime conviction
In the Atmosphere —

She's utterly correct, of course. It's quite astounding how much the atmosphere can resemble the ocean in its influences, such as with Rossby Waves, or with the simple fact that most of the excess energy the planet has absorbed from space has been taken up by the ocean, rather than the atmosphere.

84% in fact, according to Tim Barnett of Scripps.

Here's an antique locket of America's greatest woman poet, courtesy of Tartx.

Antique Emily Dickinson locket

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