Sunday, May 22, 2011


trying to find my center 
so i went digging
wrestling bloodroot 
sweating hard 
blackflies swarm 
no biting, i sweat, smell raunchy 
or the roadside embankment soil does
a beer can reward
miller lite five cents return
i wrestle with big rocks and surprising 
root systems that hold together
the road. does everyone know
the delicate lace that supports pickups 
in rains that wash out bridges and culverts?
two hours work
for a bucket of sand and clay and rocks and

struggling with health-tomorrow i see the orthopedic surgeon
the cold drifted into allergies
my camera is wonky
but i have a treasure
for catherine and the gathering
at her house, dyers all
we shall see magic. 


Anonymous said...

sending you healing thoughts. it's still so cold and damp here that my allergies haven't realized it's spring. we don't have bloodroot, I'm pouting! good luck tomorrow, it's a holiday monday, here.

Velma said...

thanks, jean, i'm hoping! bloodroot is lovely, but just orangish.

Valerianna said...

I love bloodroot leaves, such a nice shape. Good luck with the orthopedic dude or dame!

Velma said...

thanks. he's gotten rave reviews. bloodroot does NOT want to come up this year!

aimee said...

this is a very funky time of year. or funky time of time, period. i'm hating the allergies but i suppose it's part of the cycles, too. BIG hugs and glad you did the hard work! wish i could have joined you.

Velma said...

i know you're strong, your help would have been appreciated! i poured sweat onto the ground. my offering.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Allergies - me too. It saps one's endurance. I thought at first you said you were rewarding yourself with a beer for all that hard work! Not a bad idea. Good luck with the Doctor. We are fortunate to live in times when can get a new joint.

neki desu said...

like the beer reward system.think i'll do like the japanese &wear masks to fend off pollen

kaite said...

good luck with the Orthopod, i'm guessing you gave that finger a workout with the digging.

iNd!@nA said...

blood root can do more than 'just orangeish'...depends how you coax it into the cloth...

Velma said...

l, n, a beer is a great idea!
k, i babied it forever, and maybe gave up too soon
i, i've had brilliant golds to deep orange to orangish with just simple dyeing, would love to see what magic you coax from it.

iNd!@nA said...

playtime awaits after the stacking of hay...

Velma said...

oh, i love haying! after, not so much during the work!!!

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