Punxsutawney Phil Talks to Me on Groundhog Day
by Lew Rosenbaum
Every year the “Inner Circle” pushes me
Out of my comfortable lair
So they can laugh when I scamper back into my home
At the sight of my own shadow.
I’m sick of it.
I’m tired of being their plaything, their
Sure they feed me crumbs all through the year,
Just so they can watch this annual charade.
They make millions of dollars on
Punxsutawney Phil dolls.
It’s the one day of the year that meteorologists
Take the day off, leave the predictions to me.
If I run from my shadow (again!),
It’s six more weeks of winter.
It’s the six more weeks of winter for all of us,
Six more weeks of scarcity.
The six more weeks that stretch
Through the entire year.
Think about it. Being scared of our shadows
Is the human condition, not only groundhog
Whose shadow is that really? For the groundhog
It could be a hawk, eagle, or fox. For humans?
President, General, Mayor, cop, boss.
I’m sick of it. You should be too.
Groundhogs are going on strike.
We’re ready for roots, berries and grubs without threats.
What kind of world are you ready to make?
From Wikipedia: Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby is a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 (Groundhog Day) of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring.” The date of Phil’s prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada, and has been celebrated since 1887.
A select group, called the Inner Circle, takes care of Phil year-round and also plans the annual ceremony. Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos.