Breeze through the starlight
Blow moon dust on the dreamers
A little box.
A little handle (remember when it was string?)
For little hands.
The circus is closing.
Will there still be animal crackers?
The lion and polar bear are listed as vulnerable.
The gorilla and elephant are listed as endangered.
Will there still be animals?
Many of the state parks in Tennessee were having free guided hikes today. I chose to attend the hike at Big Cypress Tree State Park, because I had never been there before.
Big Cypress Tree State Park was named after a giant cypress that grew in a remote swamp on a farm in Weakley County. Unfortunately the tree was struck by lightning and burned in 1976.
Saturdays are…for imagining a cypress tree over 39 feet in diameter. Bill McCall, park manager, told us that the tree was thought to be the oldest and largest tree east of the Rocky Mountains.
Saturdays are…for spotted and marbled salamanders and one jumpy little leopard frog who almost managed to land in the shirt pocket of a lady from Memphis. Dr. Thomas Blanchard, who teaches herpetology at UT Martin, spent his morning mucking about the swamp finding salamanders and frisky leopard frogs to show us.
Saturdays are…for learning about blue birds and barred owls. First, we watched 2 male bluebirds competing for the approval of a female bluebird. They were also bringing twigs to a bird box for nesting material. While these bluebirds were seemingly going to nest in a bird box, bluebirds will also use old woodpecker holes. Blue birds are secondary cavity nesters. Also, bluebirds are good to have around, because they eat lots of insects.
Dr. Dawn Wilkins, who teaches ornithology at UT Martin, tried to call in barred owls. Dr. Wilkins explained barred owls are named for the vertical brown stripes on their chests. The barred owl’s call sounds like “who cooks for you/who cooks for you all.” Now, if you are sensitive, do not read the next sentence. The barred owl will eat those aforementioned salamanders.
Saturdays are…for thanking Mr. Bill McCall, Dr. Blanchard and Dr. Wilkins for their time and knowledge. While he was sloshing around, Dr. Blanchard picked up a soda can and bag of chips out of the water. Don’t litter. We are all connected. Whether we are spotted, barred, blue or marbled, we are living in the same park. Whether we fly, jump or slither, we look up at the same sky. Whether we hoot, chirp or croak, we breathe the same air. Everywhere we are connected, even when it is just some rural, swampy plot in West Tennessee.
This is a “companion” piece to my weekly “Saturdays Are…” posts, because I double dipped of sorts this week, and my long run in preparation for the Indy Mini was shifted to Friday.
Fridays are…for waiting.
Friday morning marked the 72 hour mark for waiting time for acceptance of an article I had written. It was raining, so I had to put off the 8 mile run I had been dreading for almost 2 weeks even longer.
Fridays are…(well, at least this Friday) for St. Patrick’s Day. When I finally did go out for my run, I wore my old, green running shoes, because, well, they were green. Bright green. And old. And I ended up with a blister on my left foot, so no luck for me on St. Patrick’s Day.
Fridays are…for remembering the advice “if you think you can, you are right.” At 4:15 pm it was a breezy 66*F. I started running. I had water and sport beans ready. I simply ran my neighborhood’s blocks, cul-de-sacs, park and straightaways. Even with 3 driveway water stops, my pace was 11:35/mile, so I was satisfied.
Just a few more long runs left.
I’ll be a ghost someday
she promised I don’t know
maybe she was always one
translucent turned inside out so
I could not see her anyway
She left nothing real
except ashes and cold smoke
Just my luck.
Do you know what I wrote on Sunday? I wrote how my husband makes me smile and feel beautiful. You know how long I have been married? 29 years. My husband is kind, sweet, caring, and, yeah, he makes me feel mushy inside. Do you think our 29 years together have been complete bliss? Ha! You bet, but every year right after Thanksgiving an insidious tune slithers into my otherwise delightful existence.
From Thanksgiving to Christmas I am married to 2 men– my legal spouse and Maurice Chevalier. My otherwise sensible, responsible, trustworthy and analytical man loses his mind over a song about Johnny wanting a pair of skates.
Ron sings, in the worst French accent, with Mr. Chevalier. “Lean your ear this way.” Ron sings, in the worst French accent, without Mr. Chevalier. “Susie wants a sleigh.” Ron sent me a YouTube video of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, so I would not forget my second, albeit temporary husband, Mr. Chevalier.
To maintain a marriage for the long term, well, you kinda, hafta, need to overlook your partner’s idiosyncrasies. Now, Ron got lucky. I have no ill manners or quirky, irritating peculiarities. But to preserve my stable, loving union, I tolerate Ron’s perpetual allegiance to “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.” My advice to you, dear reader, is if your partner begins singing in an awful French accent, beware, because Maurice Chevalier may soon follow. It is not so bad if you want skates, a sleigh or a book with yellow, blue and red, because dear Santa Claus knows best.
Distant cloud flashes
Shouts of luminosity
The still night air twists
Defiant clouds twist
Storm makes nature shout
Do you know what the pattern is? No, you do not, because there is no pattern.
You graduate from college a semester late. Your mother angrily advises you not to marry him, but you get married anyway.
The promotions come. Melbourne, Richmond, Bartlesville, Jackson, Memphis. Until the closures come.
You never really wanted a baby (gasp), but there she was, all puffy and pink and amazing.
You quit work and threw yourself into motherhood with conviction and desperation to craft every detail perfect, sublime and well groomed.
But here’s the thing. Your hair is turning white. That man you should not have married still makes you smile and feel all beautiful inside. And that amazing baby is a way more awesome young woman.
When you think it is Spring
Big, beautiful, sparkly flakes float down from Heaven
There is no pattern
All we really get is love.