|imagine this in moonlight|
Photo by J. Harrington
This past week, I've noticed two very small snakes, one a red-belly and the other either a garter or another red-belly, each run over near the West edge of the gravel road. Those are the only signs of snakes we've seen around here so far this year. On the other hand, it seems to be shaping up as a banner year for ticks.
|last June's lilacs|
Photo by J. Harrington
The lilacs in St. Paul are blooming. I noticed that while I was doing a Mother's Day related errand this morning. I'll take a look a the wild lilacs up the road this afternoon or tomorrow. By the beginning of June last year they were in flower still but well past their prime, so now may be time to again relive my childhood days - when the Catholic school nuns would tell us that we shouldn't bring too many bouquets of lilacs because the smells made us all sleepy and lethargic. Personally, I believed it was the warm sunlight coming through the windows that was the sandman culprit, but I also was pretty sure back in those days I wasn't likely to win a debate with a nun.
There are so many trees and bushes blooming right now that I'm surprised all the air isn't weighted with fragrance. Blossoms of white and pink and pale plum and... other colors are punctuating the roadside fringes with beautifully harmonized accents. If I were as clever as I sometimes believe, I'd take cell phone photos now so I'd have the GPS position to go back in late Summer or early Autumn and check for fruit. Maybe that's what I'll do once this afternoon's showers pass through.
Lilacs on My Birthday
The flowerets look edible before they open,like columns of sugar dots on tiny stripsI bought as a child. Hard to bite the candy withoutsome paper adhering, as adding machine tape willto large, red numbers. Lilacs are like that: another yearunspools without major accomplishment,while I question "major" and "accomplishment."And when I find in Costco those clustersof pointillist pastel, I hope they will becomesomeone else's nostalgia—honorable emotionpropelling Ulysses toward Ithaca, and a womanto set lilacs in her dooryard as her mother did.
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