Sunday, March 20, 2011


it's why i feel balanced today, i think
a wee dram?
maple syrup
medium amber i think he said
from my land, my trees, a neighbor's labor
it tastes like maple trees.
like bark.
like soil.
no kidding. 
 it's still very warm,
i opened and 
tasted this odd bark sweetness
 this is where wendy rolled 
looking for the last 
of the snow
she's itchy
each spring
to go deep, to scratch, to revel 
one snow puddle
hidden in the raspberry canes  
i looked all around this meadow,
much overgrown
to raspberry
and honeysuckle
and wild apple
 and thorn apple
and milkweed
welcome here unlike elsewhere.
so i smelled 
the same 
or tasted the smell 
as i sat, then 
stretched out
on the soft brittle grass 
and i brought home
a bit of milkweed fiber 
time to make paper
for spring.


Anonymous said...

wonderful pictures, I can almost taste the maple syrup. does the equinox give balance? not me, I fell off the garden ladder and sprained my wrist, at least it is the left but think it is going to slow me up.

Valerianna said...

Happy Equinox. I had maple syrup on my yogurt this morning, one of the sweet delights of the day. I'm always amazed at it. Its one of my most favorite things. I don't tap trees here, but everyone else does. We always go to the sugar house for breakfast - the Strawbale Cafe - though this time of year on a Sunday one could wait 3 hours. So we wait until boiling days are done, and then go when the tourists are gone. Ooo, getting wordy here. So, happy spring, signing off!

Velma said...

jean, balance-you would laugh at me in yoga balance poses, i fall out alot, but not off ladders! yikes!
v., the syrup was the best i've ever had, my trees are apparently better than most? happy to you, too.

jude said...

all is well.

Velma said...

jude, i hope with you, too. it's been disquieting lately, more than that.

Maggie Neale said...

Delicious...your words are sweet reminders of the spring we will see in a couple of weeks. Love all the textures and fibers in your photos.
Happy Equinox.

Herm said...

a bit ignorant here -- does the milkweed fiber come from the branches or the leaves? and is this the plant the caterpillar stage of the Monarch butterfly feeds on?

Lynn said...

It seems like we're all more than ready for Winter to end this year. Wishing you a very full and productive Spring.

neki desu said...


Velma said...

m, i absolutely love the changes in march, march and november are my favorite times
h, the milkweed bast lies along the stem of the plant. the seed fiber is in the large pods that develop after the beautiful mauve flowers of summer.
l, thank you, and you, too.
n, yes, and happy birthday

kaite said...

of course, i had forgot the date, it's Autumn equinox, we now start to go deeper into the dark season, such as it is here.
Your photos are beautiful, i feel as if i were there.

Velma said...

k, i love how our places mirror the seasons

Cait Throop said...

Velma, your words and your photos are delicious! I love this time of year--new beginnings, changes every day. Tho I love winter,'s time... xo

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