Sunday, May 25, 2014

Minnesota Nice as Spring

Traffic was really, really light this morning during our trip into and out of St. Paul. It looked like almost everyone had left town for the holiday weekend. Because the county has so thoroughly torn up old Highway 61 between Wyoming and Stacy, we remembered to take an alternate route. As we headed toward Highway 8, my Better Half noticed a hillside full of large-flowered trillium in bloom. I made a careful U-turn, pulled onto the shoulder, took out my camera and here's what they looked like.

hillside of trillium
hillside of trillium                          © harrington

Discovering this delight after a morning spent drinking coffee while watching the backyard bluebird, the pear tree in blossom, listening to goldfinches, sandhill cranes, gobbling turkeys, and a variety of songbirds reminded me of why I get so frustrated by the delayed arrival of Spring around here. It's such a wonderful treat when it arrives that, unlike waiting for Christmas, the anxiety about when and if Minnesota's Spring will finally arrive is compounded by the certainty that, if Spring delays too long, its arrival will be overshadowed by Summer. Our Spring is just too nice to miss that way. It's one version of "Minnesota Nice" I completely support. Marge Piercy reminds us of coming attractions that help us get over losing Spring to Summer.

pear tree in bloom
pear tree in bloom       © harrington

More Than Enough

By Marge Piercy 

The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.

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