Tuesday, January 15, 2013


this willow
whose feet are dug in 
a drainage 
has chosen to risk it all
on the possibility of
it is january 15 in the north country.
this is unheard of.
and yet we have heard this:
global warming is/is not
and the willow
she takes a huge risk. 
 this is the water 
that keeps her feet wet
during much of the year,
and after rain
 across the road, 
it's icing up again
as winter argues with spring
hard to believe that a week ago
the snow was thighhigh
this tall willow
she has such heart
to try to bloom
in january.
she is a fool,
or i am the fool.


ronnie said...

... maybe the most foolish of all are those that govern without a thought to seventh generation into the future... reminds me of the cartoon - 'what if climate change is a hoax and we create a better world for nothing.....'

Velma Bolyard said...

oh, ronnie, i love that comic. perfect.

Valerianna said...

Ha... well, I'm with the willow, confused... my feet are wet and my tires are slugging through deep, muddy ruts as if it were April.

Ronnie- LOVE that cartoon!

onesmallstitch said...

that willow is tough and just maybe if humans got out of the way everything else would survive. I'm with Ronnie - let's create a better world - and celebrate.

colleen d said...

And here in Australia's midsummer, two of my maple trees are in their autumn colour, with leaves falling as if it were autumn.

Velma Bolyard said...

Valerie and jean! we'll start a movement! oz and canada and new hampshire(where they live free or die) unite!

Velma Bolyard said...

oh, colleen, that's happened here before. it's too crazy.

Cait Throop said...

Oh agree with Ronnie! Poor willow...

Joanna said...

No fool thee, Friend Velma.

kaiteM said...

maybe it's just a taster to find out, a front runner to test the air. But i like the idea of creating a beter world just in case.....

Velma Bolyard said...

cait, yes. i was really surprised.
joanna, oh, sometimes...
kaite, yes, i think we must.

Gardener in the Distance said...

GO WILLOW! We are all trying to hang in there, and there's no reason why a willow in the midst of nowhere shouldn't do it too. I hope, Velma, the sun meets your willow's hopes!

Jenny said...

...my pussywillow has catkins also!

Clare Wassermann said...

yes wonderful words - thank you for expressing it this way

Jill Dian said...

Beautiful and profound words...global warming or not nature always has the last word!

jude said...

maybe both. maybe not.

neki desu said...

yep, it's adapt, migrate or die.
note the spelling.

Velma Bolyard said...

faisal, i like that, we're all trying to hang in there.
jenny, yikes!
clare, thank you
jill, yes, indeed
jude, yes
neki, rats, not dye.

Alice said...

We need more fools

Velma Bolyard said...

alice, fool or trickster?

Wyn Vogel said...

Wow - wonderful foolery!! Fantastic images - thanks for the view!! Awesome!!

Velma Bolyard said...

wyn, much appreciate hearing this

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