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CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#009: September, 2007


By the time you get hold of this edition of the SVI, you will have weathered the storm of back-to-schoolness and settled into the new season of teevee and football games. You will have succeeded in turning the corner onto a new season for yourself.

We are, in this writer’s opinion, at the best season of life here in the high desert. There are days when we do not yet need the heaters burning, nor the swamp coolers swamping. We can open the doors and windows and just enjoy the dry air of Autumn.

We can smell the green chiles roasting at local stores. Even though our “big box stores” in New Mexico now roast chiles alongside Moms and Pops, that unique smell is a small pleasure unknown to most folks across the USA. Expo New Mexico (aka the State Fair) has come and will soon go, but not before providing more for your smell-a-bration memory banks: corn dogs and cotton candy, smoked turkey legs, the rich smells of barnyard animals, and maybe some other smells you may want to forget.

Take in a Lobo football game yet? Smell-a-brations run wild at UNM stadium along with the screaming fans bedecked in great waves of red. There’s the smell of Autumn rain, and, oh so soon, that of fallen leaves and piled-up mulch, and the smokin’ smells of Zozobra. And any minute now our very own El Kookooee will go up in flames.

For many of you this has been THE summer for allergies. Apparently the wealth of moisture last winter has caused allergens to go wild in the massive weeds all over our high desert. For some the allergy season will persist until the first frost or freeze occurs. That can’t come too soon for avid sneezers and sniffers. For these folks the smell-a-brations might have to wait.

Sheaths of corn shucked provides unique smell-a-bration for the shucker. Just harvested apples stewed or baked with cinnamon and nutmeg will give your whole home a smell-a-bration worth sharing with the neighbors. Time to decide soon what you’ll do with all the late season produce to be canned, frozen, or feasted upon in the midst of smell-a-brations gone wild. And now, without further ado, until next time, let’s Smell-a-brate!

Yahoo! This is your Smell-a-bration!
Smell-a-brate good times, come on! (Let's Smell-a-brate now!)
There's a party goin' on right here,
A Smell-a-bration to last throughout the years.
So bring your good times, and your laughter, too,
We gonna Smell-a-brate your party with you.

Come on now, it’s a Smell-a-bration.
Let's all Smell-a-brate and have a good time. (Smell-a-bration)
We gonna Smell-a-brate and have a good time.
It's time to come together,
It's up to you, what's your pleasure?
Everyone around the world, Come on!
It's a Smell-a-bration!

Jeff Hartzer © 2007





Jeff Hartzer, MEd. is a poet, writer, teacher, and the Executive Director of the AirDance ArtSpace. ( 1-505-842-9418). He is the creator of BunnytownUSA .

Jeff Hartzer is Creative Partner of Aquila Arts LLC with Debra Landau .

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Written by Jeff Hartzer the Corner Window appears monthly in Albuquerque's South Valley Ink.

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