Purplestem Angelica

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bloom and seed, May 23, 2019

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bloom and seed, May 23, 2019

The time of the first flowers is done. Now is the green time. Exuberant growth and heavy soaking rains. Humid days and nights.

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I have seen more rainbows in the past couple years than my entire life preceding. How about you?

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I am glad for wildflowers that are taller than me, like Purplestem Angelica, a native of local rivers like the Musconetcong.

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bud, May 23, 2019

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bud, May 23, 2019

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bloom and seed, May 23, 2019

Purplestem Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in bloom and seed, May 23, 2019

Longing

Meadow, March 16, 2019

Meadow, March 16, 2019

mythological creation story.
longing. waiting.
find.
shape in a mirror.
abandon.
resurrect a dispassionate scene.
long wish wait.

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In the valley below
sun.
A distant ridge
casts a shadow.

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Sometime soon, if we get to it, we will mow the meadow. That’s how a meadow stays a meadow in here. The black cap raspberry, tulip tree, and box elder would rather it otherwise. Instead, they meet the cutting blade, put down deeper roots, send up a new stem, and greet the spring. They greet the spring no matter what. Do they long for anything? Do they wish? Do they await the death of the cutting blade so they can arise?