Thursday, April 11, 2013

Neap tide

Welcome. Come in. Where I am at the moment, it's neither snowing nor sleeting nor freezing nor raining nor some combination of those, the way it was when I drove to work this morning. We'll see what the rest of the day brings. This being Spring in Minnesota, there's lots of options for Mother Nature to choose from and she does. I grew up near the ocean in a location where the average rise and fall of the tide was about 12 feet. Whether the tide was rising or falling, the waves were always incoming. They'd run up the strand and then withdraw but each time either closer to or further from high tide markings. You're probably wondering what that has to do with a state that's in the middle of the country and about equidistant by more than a thousand miles from any sign of a tide. Think about our Spring. One day it's warm and sunny. Next day it rains. The day after it snows. Then the sun comes back, but this time it's even warmer than it was the last time we saw it. That weather waves pattern continues until there's no more snow on the ground or falling and we start to enjoy warm weather (and mosquitoes). You're probably fed up with this kind of equanimity and just want it to be warm and sunny, here. It will be. Soon.  In the interim, here's the next (third) segment of Prairie Grasses Suite.

WIND
Have you heard it
Whistle through seedheads
Implode among grass stems
Never stay in one place
Dance across distances limited only by the
prairie
HORIZON

Thanks for listening. Come again. Rants, raves and reflections served daily.