LOCAL VIEW –Reluctant Rhapsody–

“This spring I will not write a rhapsody”
I observed, scuffing the street with old man
Feet, “For I’ve become like a dead tree
That has no sap. No green buds ever can
Gentle my claws.” I felt no great grief
Commenting, and bowed no sad violins
With self-pity. It seemed a fact and relief
That I was too old to add further sins
To my long list. The day had long passed
And I scuffed through dark fog with twilight gone
And then paused. All my dark thought was surpassed
By a sound like many lights long before dawn.
They punctured the calm my brain was self-willing.
In the swamp a thousand small frogs were all thrilling.

This is the most delayed spring I can ever remember. Usually the maples tantalize, for they start to bud out in late March, but are only flirting. Most years there is a long period where the forest is hazed by golden green and purple, and has lost the starkness of winter, as every twig is topped by a swelling bud, but the buds never bust out. A sort of prolonged reluctance becomes the mood, as the world awaits the true bursting out of May in all its glory. But this year the buds remained winter gray even in late April.

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Our first daffodil finally unwrapped its petals in slow motion on April 23.

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The forecast is for temperatures to soar next week. Yesterday we had a hard time getting up to fifty (10°C) but next week we may touch eighty (27°C) . I fully expect to wind up dazed, as around five weeks of spring will be compressed into 120 hours.

One likes to linger over springtime, as one does a fine glass of wine, but this will be like chugging a whole bottle at once. Around here we’ll all be reeling.

 

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One thought on “LOCAL VIEW –Reluctant Rhapsody–

  1. The late spring and continuing cold seems to be continuing in Europe as well. Generally cold interrupted by a couple of warm days. Seems to be confirmation that your theory on heat loss from a low ice Arctic has something going for it.

    I caught a bit on BBC Radio this morning from a small enterprise on the Lincolnshire-Leicestershire border where they may Elder Flower Cordial. This year they are expecting the harvest to be a month late, in early mid-May, causing supply issues as the stock from last year won’t last that long. I also learnt something I didn’t know, a good start to the day* as I was still in bed! Apparently little is known about Elder Trees but one thing that is is that their roots produce a hormone which stops new elders growing, no-one knows how long it remains in the soil, at least 4 years from this farms experience.

    *Old family adage, it’s a bad day when you don’t learn something new.

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