|a ring around June's strawberry moon, a minimoon|
Photo by J. Harrington
Today's warm winds out of the South are tossing about the fully-leafed branches of our woodlot's oaks. The swarms of back yard dragonflies seem to be coping fairly well. If you spend enough time watching the dragonflies dart over the unmown waving grasses and beneath the wind-roiled treetops, motion sickness could follow.
Sandbars are starting to show as water levels drop in the St. Croix and its tributaries. We're still a week and a half from Summer solstice, the beginning of astronomical Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but a Summer weather pattern has already set in. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow and much of next week. With luck, they'll moisten and soften the soil enough to make it easier, and more successful, to pull a bunch of buckthorn bushes later in the week. If the weather cooperates, the existing brush pile will become a Solstice bonfire and the pulled buckthorn the start of a new brush pile.
Now the rich cherry, whose sleek wood,And top with silver petals tracedLike a strict box its gems encased,Has spilt from out that cunning lid,All in an innocent green round,Those melting rubies which it hid;With moss ripe-strawberry-encrusted,So birds get half, and minds lapse merryTo taste that deep-red, lark’s-bite berry,And blackcap bloom is yellow-dusted.The wren that thieved it in the eavesA trailer of the rose could catchTo her poor droopy sloven thatch,And side by side with the wren’s brood—O lovely time of beggar’s luck—Opens the quaint and hairy bud;And full and golden is the yieldOf cows that never have to house,But all night nibble under boughs,Or cool their sides in the moist field.Into the rooms flow meadow airs,The warm farm baking smell’s blown round.Inside and out, and sky and groundAre much the same; the wishing star,Hesperus, kind and early born,Is risen only finger-far;All stars stand close in summer air,And tremble, and look mild as amber;When wicks are lighted in the chamber,They are like stars which settled there.Now straightening from the flowery hay,Down the still light the mowers look,Or turn, because their dreaming shook,And they waked half to other days,When left alone in the yellow stubbleThe rusty-coated mare would graze.Yet thick the lazy dreams are born,Another thought can come to mind,But like the shivering of the wind,Morning and evening in the corn.
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