Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Blessing

By James Wright 1927–1980

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012


Had a message on my answering machine when I got home. A woman letting me know she had a new number. I thought it would be best to let her know I was not the person she was looking for, so I called her to tell her. We had the most wonderful conversation, and now I know where to get the best mustard, turnip, and kale to be found in this county. Love it!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Now I don't know where I'm goin/ All I know is I'll hit the ground runnin'

Monday, March 12, 2012

I Am Vertical

But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
... So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I want the one's longevity and the other's daring.

Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars,
The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them--
Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation,
And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:
Then the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me.

Sylvia Plath

This is a picture I took in January of the helleborus already in bloom. We've had such an unusally warm winter that they burst into bloom early. I was lying down on the cool, leafy ground thinking of how beautiful the world is and thinking, too, of Sylvia Plath's poem I Am Vertical. So, I shall post it here, above this picture.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Sunday's supposed to be the day for kicking off your shoes/so how come that's the day,I always get the blues. I don't know why. I don't know why. I can't seem to make it through Sunday."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I am so out of tune...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I found this recently and felt like posting it. It is March, the month my father fell ill in 2006. Less than 4 weeks later, he was gone. This picture was taken about one hour after he had been buried. We had all gone to lunch and then come back to visit the grave. It's quite an amazing photo, taken by my older brother. To the far left is my daughter's former boyfriend (who was very much a part of the family though they split within a year of Dad's death). My brother's fiancé is sitting on the ground. L-R standing: my daughter-in-law, my oldest son, my daughter behind me, Me, my youngest niece (at the time), my husband, and my youngest son behind his father. Whew. Hard to look at this and not feel that day all over again.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

We escaped, once again

thankfully. Our little town is damaged,
but no fatalities.

Co-workers and I were in a small hallway
in the basement of our building. Eerie
to hear the wind and hail. But we are all

My sympathies to the people who lost
loved ones in IN, KY, TN, AL and any other
state that was hit yesterday.

Got power back about 11 last night.


So much more tornadic activity here now.

Always in alert mode.