An Off Season


Such has been my mood lately that when asked to contemplate the concept of “off-season” I immediately pictured the Overlook Hotel’s unseasonably off-kilter winter caretaker.

Spring was a long time coming this year.

In port-side towns winter seeped into spring and was searingly still.  Well into April, wood pallets were strewn with ocean buoys, comically over-sized champagne corks, game pieces flung from a board by a frustrated Poseidon.

Vessels were cocooned in plastic and rose from still water.  Color photographs taken on gray days were rendered in black and white.



The off-season’s soundtrack is muted.  Tourists are in warmer climates, and it is too cold even for dog walkers to be outside for long.  No bells clang from offshore when the inlets have frozen.

Walking alone I imagine animals curled into one another’s warmth in underground dens, breathing in, breathing out, until the sun beckons and glows summer gold again.

Author: Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She attended law school near the the banks of the Charles River and loves that dirty water; she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2023 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.

3 thoughts on “An Off Season”

  1. How do you make something so ordinary look and read so beautifully??? The answer is: your words and your photographs do the job. Your prose and pics add pleasure to my day. Thank you!!!

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