A Lyrical Explosion

Woman with Boxy Legs (chalk art near bench)

Triplets (chalked near the bench)

Anomaly

lyrical seaside license plate

I’m in a season of transformation, and again, words fail me!  I missed 4 consecutive days of knitting this past week.  These pictures are all from August 30th including my walk to and from my apartment to the bench.  I finally knit today from 10 to 11.  Bonding with D.’s German Shepherd went well, and she did not bite my fingers off as I had expected.

And now for something completely different…

“Letter”
b
y Robert Hass

I had wanted to begin
by telling you I saw another
tanager below the pond
where I had sat for half an hour
feeding on wild berries
in the little clearing near the pines
that hide the lower field
and then looked up from red berries
to the quick red bird brilliant
in the light. I have seen
more yarrow and swaying
Queen Anne’s lace around the woods
as hawkweed and nightshade
wither and drop seed. A new blue flower,
sweet, yellow-stamened, ovary inferior,
has recently sprung up.
But I had the odd
feeling, walking to the house
to write this down, that I had left
the birds and flowers in the field,
rooted or feeding. They are not in my
head, are not now on this page.
It was very strange to me, but I think
their loss was your absence. I wanted
to be walking up with Leif, the sun
behind us skipping off the pond,
the windy maple sheltering the house,
and find you there and say
here! a new blue flower (ovary inferior)
and busy Leif and Kris with naming
in a world I love. You even have
my field guide. It’s you I love.
I have believed so long
in the magic of names and poems.
I hadn’t thought them bodiless
at all. Tall Buttercup. Wild Vetch.
“Often I am permitted to return
to a meadow.” It all seemed real to me
last week. Words. You are the body
of my world, root and flower, the
brightness and surprise of birds.
I miss you, love. Tell Leif
you’re the names of things.

Field Guide, Yale University Press, 1973

 

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