Monday, November 24, 2014

snow comes and goes and...

i've visited this hobbit house
for many years.
i can't believe it's still (barely) standing.
 but it is.
and the little river
(that's its name)
is still meandering through
the woods john green first showed me
when my son was four, and daughter one,
 and even the beaver stump
hasn't fallen
to weather or hooligans or critters.
 and brave me
i went in on 6 or so inches
on a cold morning 
and happiness
 and my very old skis.
no worries about equipment,
and my knees, 
and my niece's old rossies
do me proud.
 that was saturday and then 
here, sunday
the snow is mostly gone. 
 and the water is singing
and i have experienced 
a warm day today, monday.
old green and palest ochre.
and my windows were wide open.
it's november,
and things keep changing
 bones of the adirondack foothills show
over at the new place 
riblike ridges herringbone into the meadow.
it's my favorite time.
miracles:
 i have seen a bald eagle soaring the oswegatchie, 
a ruffed grouse on a telephone line,
and dandelions in blossom,
and husks for wild cucumber and milkweed pods
were part of the last print pods.

13 comments:

Ms. said...

What a glorious post, oh my such and such beautiful memory and praises. I wish you a continuance of your beautiful thanksgiving.

neki desu said...

you are definitely a snow bird! enjoy the season

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, thank you
neki, grin!

Judy Martin said...

Lovely poetic writing.

Liz Ackert said...

A wonderful post with a splash of color in the midst of winter's subtle neutrals ... it almost made me miss the snow (wink)

Mo Crow said...

love how you have captured that that wonderful feeling of quietly gliding though the landscape in cross country skis

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, i appreciate those words
liz, better go to south buffalo if you're feeling bereft,(wink back atchya)
mc, again, i appreciate that

Gwen Diehn said...

Velma you are my role model for sure! I love hobbit houses and other interventions so much, but your hobbit house is a wonder. Today I found two more of the mysterious little rubber dolls that have been carefully planted in ruins in our woods. Wish you could see them. I will draw them soon and post them.

Velma Bolyard said...

gwen, oooh, mysterious dolls in the woods!

therese said...

who's that cute little girl in the snowsuit ?
she's in her element...looking very elemental, indeed. did she have a tea with the hobbit ?

Velma Bolyard said...

therese, ha, it's me. hobbit hasn't been home, ever, but there is evidence...i peeked!

handstories said...

This was like reading the beginning of a fairy tale.

Velma Bolyard said...

hs, now THAT is a cool idea!

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