Monday Morning Musings:
“We forget that nature itself is one vast miracle transcending the reality of night and nothingness. We forget that each one of us in his personal life repeats that miracle.”
–Loren Eiseley, The Firmament of Time, quoted here.
In argent splendor, she rises
full in her monthly course
Worm Moon in a yearly cycle
as winter turns to spring
she hums a song
awakening the flowers
pink, yellow, blue, white
and birds soar, black silhouettes
against the feather-clouds
while beneath, unaware,
puppies run and tumble. I toss
a frisbee in the air
chased and caught–
what rises falls–
as we know, but forget,
ignore the signs,
and the moon’s warning–
it will be cockeyed day
of near mishaps
still the sun rises and sets
as the earth rotates
and we spin, but don’t fall—not yet—
while we make another revolution
through the year
to my sister-niece’s birthday.
While the men create order
from the chaos of the garden
we watch the river less restrained
crashing in waves upon the rocks
while across the water
large ships sail into port
and out again to the sea
a cycle of commerce—
the river has seen it all, she sighs
as we walk and talk
of family and friends
of the history of this place
once full of crops and fish
where men died in battle
(Do you shiver, sensing their ghosts
we reflect on the times
but we eat and drink
celebrate her birthday–
in this time of caution–
with a solo candle for her slice–
don’t get too close,
the three-quarter moon hums
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
the age-old story–
pestilence and plagues
arrogance and ignorance–
but the flowers bloom again in spring
whether we see them or not
a miracle of nature
we forget and remember
trying to tame chaos
as the waves crash
we stop, look—sometimes
holding out a hand, even if it’s dangerous–
and the sun
It’s been a strange week. Some of you may have seen my previous post, “Tilting.”
Merril’s Movie Club: In this time of social distancing, we haven’t gone out to see any movies recently, but we watched a movie last night, White Lies, New Zealand’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 Academy Awards. It’s a film that slowly uncovers secrets from the past about identity, colonialism, and women’s roles. It’s in Maori and English. It’s on Amazon Prime.
We’re also watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix. It’s been on my list for awhile, but we’re just getting to it. Season 3 just dropped. We’ve binged Season 1, which begins in Berlin in 1929, and we’re on Season 2 now. It’s a real Merril show—neo-noir with a complicated storyline, dazzling visuals, and song and dance in every episode. I was a bit confused after the first episode, but now I’m hooked (and so is my husband).
Everyday and everything around us is a miracle. Once one realizes that, life is wonderful.
Have a great week.
Thank you! You as well.
What a beautiful, calming poem: “but the flowers bloom again in spring /
whether we see them or not”. I love the concept of Life going on whether I’m here to see it or not. Now, Babylon Berlin: we watched Season 1 and loved it but were left confused and disoriented by Episode 1 of Season 2. I don’t know if my husband is willing to give it another go, but do you recommend we do? With the days longer, we’re watching less TV, spending more time on the back porch as the light fades. Sometimes all we can manage is an episode from the original Star Trek 😉
Hmmm. . .the beginning of Ep.1, Season 2 is confusing (we thought we had missed something), but it gets explained by the end of the episode. We watched a few more episodes, and we’re still caught up in the show.
You can never go wrong with Star Trek–though I’m more a fan of Next Generation and Voyager. 🙂
I love Next Generation (especially Patrick Stewart 😉). The original is so sexist it drives me crazy but it’s a diversion. We just watched episode 2 of Babylon Berlin. Much easier to follow and I’m pleased because I really like the actors and setting.
Oh good–I’m glad I got you back to it. 🙂 I think we watched episode 3 or 4 last night.
Yes, Patrick Stewart! He still looks very fit in the new show, but they also don’t ignore his age, which is cool, too.
Those eternal circles and cycles again. I’m glad your flowers are in bloom and spring is here. If only people took more notice of things that are important and worried less about having to give up even a bit of their comfort.
Yes–better for spirits and blood pressure to focus on nature (at least as long as it’s lovely). 🙂
Yes, keeping things in perspective.
Again and again you dazzle with your word wizardry, thanks Merril. The photos are gorgeous! Stay safe and be well … and wash your hands just like your Mama tells you ..
What a lovely comment! Thank you so much, Susan.
And yes, I’ve been washing my hands. 🙂
beautiful – i needed your lovely post today
Awww–thank you, Beth! ❤
This is brilliant, Merril! After seeing so many depressing virus posts lately, this is exactly what I needed. I always enjoy seeing all of the smiling faces. Thank you so much! ❤
Oh, you are so welcome, Jill. Thank you!
I like your upbeat tone today – in spite of the grime news. Yes, “we spin, but don’t fall.”
Stay healthy, be happy – but you already told me that! 😀
I’m pleased it sounded upbeat–I’m not quite sure if I feel that way. 🙂
Even while you can’t get out to public events you still produce excellent thoughts from your weekend.
Thank you very much, Derrick. I appreciate that. I guess there will be a lot of that, since we won’t be going anywhere. 🙂
And your last verse is perfect
Thank you very much!
Just getting caught up with you (and hoping this comment will take — WordPress has not been cooperating with me when it comes to Likes and Comments lately). This is lovely, and hopeful in some ways. Spring returns, no matter what we humans are up to. 🙂
It worked, Robin. Thank you. Last week I was working on my old computer (I was slowly transferring to my new–long story), and I couldn’t get WP to work using it. I think there must be some issue with operating systems or browser updates or something.
I just love your family. And your cooking! 🙂
Thank you, Rachel! 😀😀
I love Mondays.
Hmmm… I was looking for something to watch with my friend but dunno… 😉
I’ve heard I’m Not Okay with This is fun, if you’re looking for a series, and you can get it on your Netflix.