Saturday, July 11, 2015

pre-travel grounding

 travelling is almost upon me!
 birdsfoot trefoil and purple vetch
that theme again, 
bloodroot and violet,
goldenrod and aster
those brilliant compliments
are the opposite of winter
and tucking in.
they are about generosity, 
livliness, 
shocking me out of dreariness. 
 sunset sometimes provides an entertainment
 bringing along clouds
dancing at the horizon
 coyotes chatting a little bit later,
 and the clouds are so worried about it all.
but the nutty structure
woodhenge, i absurdly call it
plays pick up sticks
to pass time.
 a few backporch flowers.
the hibiscus will come to school with me in september.
and on the dirt road where the new place lives
where i see a continual, untidy, glorious
parade of wild things
(the mower goes there, too).
swamp milkweed
said to me, "look here, velma,
LOOK i say, we're here, you must 
pay attention."
i know this because i did find sweetgrass this summer
for the first time,
i took one or two threads of growing silver
with the tiny flowering nibs
and then the blasted road crew
mowed them down.
~~~
i leave tomorrow
at the crack of dawn
for women's studio workshop.
this is the closest to 
new york city
i will have been in 50 years.

6 comments:

Judy Martin said...

Velma, you will have a wonderful time there. I am so happy for you. This is such a respected institution.
x

Alice said...

Have a rich, rewarding trip.

onesmallstitch said...

have a great trip/workshop, then return to where the wild things are.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, thank you. i am in awe of wsw, so it's grand to be asked to teachthere.
alice, many thanks
jean, i am almost ready for the wild things...wsw is in the little mountains near the big city. here, were in the big, dense mountains near...gravel roads and the occasional hamlet. it's a curious juxtoposition, but i'll still be in the country.

Jennifer said...

Enjoy your time away. Safe travels and wonderful classes!

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, thank you and i will see YOU later this summer!

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