Nature · Poetry

The Wild Calls Lazily

The weather, this week has been very strange.  Yesterday I was able to lay in the hammock.  In the last few days we have had below freezing temperatures, but yesterday was almost a summer day.  I was able to lay in the hammock for awhile, after stacking firewood.  This morning we woke up to 70 degrees.  High winds, scary winds, came.  Then rain.  Then an eerie calm.

img_0162I wrote this several years ago during January when we were having blizzard conditions.

I asked my husband what season I am.

He looked intently for a while and said summer.

I knew he would say summer.

The Wild Calls Lazily

As Leo I came into the world, feet first, ready to run

Not roaring, but gently purring into the sun

When freckles are in full bloom

When grass smells it’s sweetest,

And forest’s foliage is at its thickest,

Its narrow path beckoning me into its den

Where creatures take comfort devoid of men

And in the openness ripe vermillion tomatoes hang on the vine

Ochre squash peaks through an umbrella as green as pine

Water trickles into a pond neighbored by parsley, peppermint and thyme

The buzz of a bee and swift hummingbird sprints

Amid a spectrum of hues and scents

Into my porch swing refuge race

All my senses they embrace

While the dogs and cat sleep lazily on

Outward I gaze watching the grass grow

Contemplating the mow

I wake from my dream to see from my window the snow.

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2 thoughts on “The Wild Calls Lazily

  1. Into the rss feed reader you go! 🙂 What gorgeous vegetation! I think Steve and I have pots of that vegetation that we call “exotics” ;). As horticulturalists we LOVE seeing what other people call their wilderness. Our wilderness is so very different. Steve comes from the U.K. and similar conditions to your greenery but here in Australia it is like another world. Very dry, everything has a hard life and is tough as boots and what grows, does so with a quiet determination that could change the world. We are learning how to fit our ethos (food forest, permaculture, sharing our environment with the native animals etc.) into this 4 acres of slopy, rocky ground and it is teaching us so much in return. We are most certainly learning that we are merely caretakers and that the land will have its way. Lovely post 🙂

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