Thursday, August 14, 2008

subtle air

in the last week, roughly from august 7th on, i have detected a tiny change in the air here in yuanli, taiwan. the days measured by temperature are just as hot as they were in july. but even within that heat, occasional breezes now blow coolly, especially at night. its amazing. and it comes right after the lunar day called "great heat," one of 24 divisions to the chinese lunar calendar. i felt the difference the very first night. the next night i was sure the change was real. and i am right -- since then, there has been no return to the brutal heat of before. i still sweat into the bed at night. but the side of me not touching the bed is cool, swept by cool breezes.

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