Sunday, April 29, 2012

new and new

i have spent delicious time
inside a new book
reading and waiting
terry tempest williams has published this:
when women were birds
fifty four variations on voice
it is beautiful, hard, confusing
compelling, comforting, solid
and light as a feather.
(the physical book is also beautiful)
 the rock there
it connects me to what i've been seeing
birds birds birds birds birds birds birds
i watch the heron nest,
there are three fledgelings now
with wind sounding like ocean.
and at home i watch my place here
and the new place i will inhabit
in a year or so
a new ecotone
all ecotone in fact
an old farm
long in decay
now a private place open to sky and dreams
and land. old geography, new to me.

we will honor a dream begun by a young family
but reshape it into
a place to grow old in
it will change
it will be the same.
little fiber, except yet more shifu
but spring and change is here.


Valerianna said...


interesting, one of my word ver.. is part of the Greek word for ocean - missing one letter....

"thalass" - ocean is thalassa - are you going to the ocean soon?

Velma said...

valerie, over the pacific in june! i want to go to maine before, but there's no time.

jude said...


deanna7trees said...

the book...will download the sample...sounds interesting. the new place sounds wonderful. so many new possibilities.

Velma said...

jude, yes!
deanna, do you know her work?

deanna7trees said...

i do not know her work. just read the review before downloading the sample.

Velma said...

deanna, i look forward to your feedback.

Valerianna said...

Oh yes, OZ in June - forgot about that... And, I've read some of TPWilliaams' work. She came to our university as well for a conference and so spent some time with her. Interesing woman. I'll check out her new book.

Velma said...

v, i love her work. the fearlessness.

Penny Berens said...

There is nothing like spending time inside a beautiful book....and your new home to be looks beautiful perched up there with lovely views.

Ms. said...

I'm going tonight--hope I get in--

Velma said...

penny, it's good. the little house is perched on a slope and there will be changes...including siding! the view is something.

Velma said...

ms. go early? good luck getting in, she's worth the struggle.

leFiligree said...

i love that your new house has huge windows! such a lovely perch.

i checked out the TTW book and it looks right up my alley. thx!

Sophie Munns said...

sounds like there is much to be looking forward to Velma... the house... the views... what interesting changes lie ahead?

enjoy you week...

Velma said...

lF, you will love ttw!
sophie, it's such an interesting challenge and so much work!

Deb G said...

best book I've read in a long time...

Velma said...

deb, i always feel that way when i read her newest book. i wish there were more, of course, greedy that i am! i really really liked it.

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