Monday Morning Musings:
“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year”
–Emily Dickinson, A Light Exists in Spring
Spring is light, pale and sweet, apple blossom honey
over tangy goat cheese–
it is pink wave-bursts and blue-winged brushes,
and a salad of greens—avocado, spinach, kale
topped with scallion-white—
It is sailboats in a charming picture postcard
of azure sky and cotton ball clouds–
“Wish you were here,” it says
with scenes of lazy cattle in verdant meadows.
It is fuzzy goslings imprinted to follow,
through upside-down worlds,
and swooping eagles that dive and grab,
hunters and hunted,
celebration and sorrow.
Spring is violent,
each shot a seismic rattle
a warning that slithers and slides,
over network of scars covering shifting tectonic plates—
the big one is coming.
Spring is a sneeze and a roar,
charm gamboling from beneath shadows—eyes watching
at the river,
a circle forms where a fish surfaces—or the river breathes.
One breath, then another–gathering the light, reflecting it back.
I used some of Kerfe’s random words from Oracle 2. Last week seemed very busy—just work and poetry events—but somehow exhausting. I took on some extra work, so this week will be busy, too. (So, that’s why I’m procrastinating with poetry!). One day, I did see a goose couple who may have had been yelling at an eagle who took their babies. I’m not certain. Saturday was so beautiful that we went out to a local winey for a little while just to sit outside and have a glass of wine before coming home for dinner. Sunday, we visited my mother-in-law for an early Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, every day brings another mass shooting. And the GOP seems determined to crash our economy, too.
We started watching Rough Diamonds on Netflix, “In this Belgian thriller about the diamond trade, an estranged son who left ultra-Orthodoxy returns home to save the family business (Netflix).” It’s an interesting mix of family drama and rebellion against religious traditions and thriller involving diamonds and drugs.
Beautiful words and photography, especially the water and sky photos. I love how you described the duality of spring—
Spring is violent
Spring is a sneeze and a roar
Thank you very much for your kind words, Melissa! 💙🌸
You are welcome.🙏🏼
So evocative of the season in verse and photography – with startling savagery not shirked
Thank you very much, Derrick–and I appreciate the alliterative comment. 🙂
Beautiful poem(s) and lovely photos, Merril.
Thank you so much, Lisa! 😊
Beautiful. On the economy and gun violence, maybe it’s time we were governed by poets…
Thank you, Steve. 🙂
You’re welcome, Merril. 🙂
Beautiful way with words Merril
Perfect words and pictures for this week in May: a “salad of greens” and “fuzzy goslings” are among my favorites!
Thank you so much, Marian! Thank you for letting me know your favorite descriptions. 🙂
Your photographs and musings have done Spring proud! My husband and I spent a glorious Saturday driving around Vermont enjoying the scenery and taking photos. It felt good to escape from the news for a day.
Thank you very much, Liz.
I’m glad you got to enjoy a beautiful Saturday, too!
You’re welcome, Merril.
I know you didn’t mean this but the line about how spring is a sneeze prompted me to think how spring is making me sneeze this year!
Thank you, Claudia–I did sort of mean it. 😉
Stunning captures, Merril!❤️
Thank you, Jill. 🙂
Everything looks so fresh and sparkling clean.
I’m glad you were able to get out and enjoy the weekend. A much needed respite from all our rain! ( not to mention the news) (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe! It was a much needed respite from both.
I love your lines of poetry about spring!!! Beautiful photographs also…I am glad you found some time to relax and simply ‘be’. That is so very important!
Thank you so much, Linda! 😊
Your first few lines gave me the munchies, especially “apple blossom honey / over tangy goat cheese.” YUM! 😉 Gorgeous photos, too 🙂
Spring is a weird season. I remember spring as being quite fickle when I lived in the Northeast. Still, the fickleness allowed for some lovely days and hope for the summer ahead. I’m going to NY in mid-June. Really hoping it doesn’t snow while I’m there … lol.
We might not know until the last minute, but my fingers are crossed that McConnell talks sense into McCarthy, and the Repubs back raising the debt ceiling. At least, the gist I got from Heather Cox Richardson’s summary of the meeting Biden had with those two men and Schumer suggests as much. I’m sure the Repubs can make up a story to rationalize raising the debt ceiling without them looking like they caved. And Biden is the kind of diplomat to go along with it, as long as it serves the country. Well, that’s my humble, armchair pundit opinion anyway 😉
Thank you very much, Marie. I hope you got something delicious to eat. 🙂 Spring is strange and fickle. It’s going to be summery today, and then a bit cooler tomorrow.
Yes, I have similar hopes, but it’s so hard to know. I think some of the extremists are just flat out insane, and they’d have no problem with our government crashing. I think Biden is a good diplomat–but he’d perhaps pull out some zingers later.
Not too long ago I read an article from The Guardian about how Shasta County in California has been taken over by extremists. I believe they are even doing away with voting machines, insisting that votes be manually tabulated which, of course, will cost much more than the County can afford to spend. According to the article (which was focused on a journalist who lives there), the primary reason why these extremists got into control was because the voters didn’t take them seriously. I don’t fully understand why people would choose to not vote just because they don’t believe the outcome will be as bad as predicted. Don’t they understand that by not voting, they are making sure these extremists get into power? Aargh (insert emojis for shaking my head and face palm 😉 ).
It’s very sad and frustrating. Though to be honest, It’s sometimes difficult to find out info about local elections.
True. When we have local elections here, I usually go to the League of Women Voters website to check out the candidates. We try to do our due diligence, but it’s definitely harder with local elections.
I think my town is too small for the League.
Hmmm … well, I live in the state capital (such as it is) so they can’t overlook Tallahassee (lol).
Good point. 🙂
Spring is this wonderful Monday musing.
I’m glad it returned before I did.
Rough Diamonds sounds interesting. I’ll check if we can get it!
Thank you very much, Resa!