Wednesday, June 24, 2015


at 4:20 this morning they began
those morning birds
and they've been at it since.
it's a wee bit calmer now, at 5:43.
the school year has a day and a half left
and since last tuesday no kids in my class
(no exams, though i now work in a school with finals)
i've met new plants this spring, 
ragged robin is a favorite name
so is vetchling.
i'm really just checking in to say hey
it's solstice and beautiful
despite the horrors here in the u.s.
(murder escapees closeby, racist crimes, hatred hatred hatred)
i am saying


Judy Martin said...

positive energy from you and from the sun.

Sue Marrazzo said...

VERY warm!

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, trying, i must stay positive here.
sue, you're warm? or just right?!

Jennifer said...

More beauty and joy are definitely needed. Stay safe up there above the blue line. Just think...basically 5 more weeks until Sandra Brownlee's workshop. Can't wait. See you there!

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, it will be so great! longridge is special. you'll see.

Gwen Diehn said...

Love love love this post, the poem and the sumptuous visual!

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, gwen!

Anonymous said...

So sad you will not be at the Morgan this month! Maybe next year. I took Sandra's class in Toronto last spring; what a delight.

blandina said...

Robin, the horrors are everywhere: think at what is happening in the Mediterranean Sea.
But as you point out, Nature has her means to remind us that life is beautiful.
Thank you for this post.

neki desu said...

the healing power of beauty and art. ( said arendt,adorno& benjamin)

Velma Bolyard said...

linda, me, too, but i will be happy for some healing time after school.
blandina, oh, yes, i was being totally us-centric. i can't even imagine the disastrous situation in the med. and then there's........too many of these to write of.
neki, healing POWER. thanks for your reminder

india flint said...

despite all the horrors i'm still firmly of the belief that waking up breathing is a fine start to the day. and if that involves glorious singing outside your window at the crack of dawn, so much the better.
especially if you have organised someone to bring you a cup of tea :-)

Mo Crow said...

such a beautiful image and warm summery vibes, thank you Velma!

Velma Bolyard said...

india, waking up breathing is a good start!
mo, it's summery and lovely now

Fiona Dempster said...

Love the image Velma - and yes we need gentle reminders that there is still beauty; so much horror and terror; but we breathe in, we breathe out, we see the sun, we hear the birds...hold onto them all. Enjoy the warmth!

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, thank you, i am learning to breathe again.

Barry said...

V - that is way too early for even the joyous sounds. The summer break sounds a joy - so enjoy. Peace. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, when my body wakes early and happy i love listening to the many many birds.

deemallon said...

bird song is such a nice way to begin a day. inherently hopeful. haven't been here in awhile. nice to see the work continuing here with such integrity. you have a nice hand. enjoy the summer break!

Velma Bolyard said...

dee, hopeful is a good word. glad to have you back for a visit, and thank you.

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