nuclear winter

Rain has washed away much of the weekend’s snow, but it’s still cold out, so in scattered places where snow is concentrated, there are still emaciated patches. Near the banks of the Charles, I spotted the remains of a few snowmen. They were more like abstract sculptures now, uneven and forlorn, as if a nuclear fallout had swept over them and petrified them in their places. It’s not unlike the images in our seventh-grade Latin I textbook of the people in Pompeii after Vesuvius erupted.

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