Thursday, April 7, 2011

Under the smiling moon...

Step outside tonight, and listen for a moment.  The earthworms have risen!  Blessed be.

News from up north tells of the first frog, singing solo at the end of a long driveway. I can't wait to go back home for Easter, and hear the whole chorus... Until then, I have to power through one more unrelenting day at work--I knew this week was going to be busy, but that doesn't even begin to describe the past four days--and a weekend of put-off chores, before boarding a plane on Monday and taking off for brighter shores...I'm headed to Hawaii, to spend a week in the company of good friends, some of whom I have not shared a moment with in many years, and some I've yet to meet.  I doubt there's any sense in which I could need this trip more, right now.

I'd hoped to post some thoughts here before winter had passed, if only to share a few images and impressions, but time, as it will, has had its way with me...and so I find that Spring has now sprung.  The ground is nearly bare, there's water in basement and the rhubarb is poking its pointy head up to take a peek at the lilies under the back fence.  No signs of asparagus yet, but already the hyacinths have made themselves known and the maples have recently made their move from red bud to full flower.  I'm looking forward to the energy of the season this year, and to welcoming the change it brings, tumultuous and vivid as it might be.

Step outside tonight, and listen for a moment.  There's a rustling at your feet, and it is life.  Blessed be.