Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer in northern Illinois has been sort of a bust
All my plans....dashed
The heat oppressive...a water ban in place
trees dropping leaves like autumn
weeds...oh God bless the weeds...they thrive in adversity
as do wasps...nothing has stopped my bald faced hornets from building
a mansion on my family room window
Looks like the deck will have to come down next year
and major clearing out of unwanted volunteer trees and plants
will have to wait another year also
But....the garden has been beautiful in an aging moviestarkind of way
you can still see the beauty of her youth

I still take a morning walk in the garden...still stand in prayer
still my heart beats faster when the birds sing me a welcome
Why just I was dragging the hose to water the river birch
a tiny itsy bitsy short feathered young chickadee was at the feeder
my eye level...a foot away from me
It never saw I just stood there and watched the beautiful little fellow
munch away....then he must have sensed me..because he gave me a glance
then turned away and continued eating...much to the distress of its parent chicadeeing in the tree
So I walked on and the baby flew from me
It is moments like these that I give thanks for....
but the heat was short of air
I went inside and did some work..then I got out a book of poetry..James Wright
found myself some comfort in words


While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself,
I must have looked a long time
Down the corn rows, beyond grass,
The small house,
White walls, animals lumbering toward the barn.
I look down now. It is all changed.
Whatever it was I lost, whatever I wept for
Was a wild, gentle thing, the small dark eyes
Loving me in secret.
It is here. At a touch of my hand,
The air fills with delicate creatures
From the other world


  1. Good morning!!! Well it's morning here....lunch time there:) It's amazing how weather will keep you from being out in the garden. I love our windows because I can constantly look out at the wild kingdom growing there. Amazing what thrives and survives in such heat. Twilight is best for watering and trimming. And the birds remind us that it's not too bad:)

    Aging moviestars. Love it. That's a nice descriptive phrase. Your bee on flower shot is really beautiful. When you say that you stand out in the garden for moment, I smile. Yesterday while birding in 100 degree temps, a couple came to bird for 10 minutes. I wish they would have stayed longer as they were really nice people. But it made me realize....sometimes just a moment is all that needed. I drank my gallons of water and continued with my photo shoot. Then I found lizard people.....they actually like snakes and were asking me where they could find them.....I know where they are but you won't catch me picking up rocks:)

    Hang in there and thanks for sharing your garden:)

  2. needed this deep sigh
    ....thank you:)

  3. You encourage us all to stop and gather our surroundings...... A thoughtful thoughtful message1


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