Wednesday, May 20, 2009

'Lusty month of May'


Trees have leafed out now, and so begins the annual spillage of seeds encased in all manner of pods. I love how shameless nature is about preserving herself, sending aloft so much more than one replacement.

Vernal ABCs

arbors
billow,
casting
desire
everywhere,
fervent
green.
Hurry,
incandescent
jezebels!
Keep
life
moving
now.
Oh,
press
quickly,
racy
seedlings,
to
unknown
venues.
witness:
xylem's
yearly
zeal
again and again

Image by muffet



9 comments:

Joycee said...

Yes, Mother Natures purpose to replenish the Earth is spoken loudly! The mess the Oaks make each year drives me nuts. I am a neat-nik so I try to keep up and blow the driveways but in the woods it's just a waste of time until they are finished "doing their thing!" Worth it though, the leaves are so green they hurt my eyes...
joy c. at grannymountain

Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner said...

Oh, how totally delightful!

ellen abbott said...

So clever you are.

Gaston Studio said...

Yes, very clever... and I'm a tree lover too!

Pyzahn said...

That is fabulous. Truly fabulous. It's yours? OMG. You need to get that published in some cool garden book/mag. Or stitch it into a sampler. Shine a light on it!

Rudee said...

You are a clever thing, aren't you? I've had to sweep my porch of seedlings 3 times this week already. I don't mind though-the shade is glorious.

Kathleen said...

Joy: No wonder I noticed the seed pods yesterday. They're carpeting the sidewalks today! That green is so welcome, isn't it?

Jen: I'm so happy my silliness delighted you!

Ellen, Jane, Pyzahn, Rudee: I'm liking this idea of being clever. But I have to confess that I was stumbling around like a dolt trying to figure out how to express what I was feeling, and after several failed attempts at real poetry, I gave up resorted to the structure of the alphabet. Thank you for finding the up side to my fumbling!

Jane: I hug trees, too! ~ :^)

Pyzahn: You are the light! Thank you!

Rudee: Those lusty, brazen hussy trees! You swept 3 times? That's more than I would do in 2 years. Where do you get your energy?

Erin Davis said...

What a wonderful poem! I love the "lusty month of May" reference: "that lovely month when everything goes blissfully astray." And the idea that nature is shameless about preserving herself. Perhaps we should all be so shameless!

Kathleen said...

Erin: This spring I think I finally, after all these years, really grasped the sentiment of that song. My mind definitely went "blissfully astray" as I soaked up the beauty of that day. And yes, I most definitely agree that Nature has a thing or two to teach us about shameessness! Thanks for your comment about the poem. Most encouraging!

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