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Springtime Odes

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Fingers tingle from nettles prickle

I look for my reflection

In the last light of dusk

And what do I see?

I see clouds, I see sky

I see flashes of light

And storms a brew.

The tick tock of the hand of a clock

Pointing towards?

 

Tadpoles,

Like sperm they swim

Determined to give birth to the next

Their movement is not random

Yet like birds they scatter

From one central point it seems they pulse

They come and they go

Beating to the rythm of the earth

 

I speak to them

And to the nettles whose sting cleanses me

And to the peas struggling to grow upwards in my garden

I speak to them in sing-song tones

Of my mother tongue.

 

Yes, my Mother’s tongue

The one from the far East

From the only people who have ever experienced

The destructive Might…

Of the Nuclear Bomb.

 

This is the language that comes

When I speak to the Earth.

Speculate, you may, on why that is

But it is.

 

From the warmth of my covers and the soft pillow of my bed

I watch.

I watch the Moon wax and wane as it makes its nightly traverse across the sky

I watch the mouselike critter

With fur that hides any ears to be seen

Plunge its nose blissfully

Into the sweet sunburst of a spring dandelion.

And I listen to the lullaby of a chorus of many.

And sometimes

When sleep fails to call

I sit up alert

For the flashes of spring thundershowers

Or for the sound of the midnight howl

Of the coyotes on an almost moonless night

 

Did you know that the blueberry flower tastes almost as good as the blueberry?

Well it does.

But don’t eat too many

Because remember;

Flowers are the goddesses of Spring

That birth our Fall Abundance

 

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Spring Quickening

Never have I felt quite so acutely aware of the arrival of spring. Driving down the same roads every day, walking on the same paths, and working at the same site, a site incorporated so very carefully into it surroundings, makes change around oneself stand out.

It seems that just yesterday bird calls were scarce. Today they are abundant. Yesterday the ducks, geese, and swans filled the ponds. Today they are flying overhead to their summer haunts.  Yesterday the air still had a cold, bitter bite. Today the air is warm and moist and I ride happily down the drive hanging off the side of Ryan’s car.

There are buds on the trees and stinging nettle is sending its spring shoots up.  Foraging season has arrived as many plants are tastiest when still young in early spring.

The sun wakes me up a little bit earlier each day and we can work a little bit later each evening before twilight tells us it is time to retire.

It may seem early but all of nature’s signs are pointing to spring. There is a quickening in the air. And so we too are busy transplanting trees and preparing garden beds.

What will this spring quickening bring for you?

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