Monday, January 2, 2017

2017

evening and night
 my meadow,
where i harvested all that milkweed
 we celebrated new years eve
listening to our local public radio, wslu,
and talking.
wakening to a lovely day.
we often drive from the place i call home
to cranberry lake
down tooley pond road.
i had ice cream for lunch
and then we went out for a walk in the woods
at home.
evidence of an old tree stand
and some amazing trees
that have grown in unusual ways. 
 this one holds two dead trees.
 this birch really really wanted to keep growing
after winter arched it down
 it continued on.
 this woods is very rich,
but actually the soil is thin
and galacial erratics pepper it.
 and so many 
rock ridges follow the same path,
of course there are sugar maples
red and striped maple, hickory, hemlock spruce, white pine
june berry...
 and here's another.
a stream makes an S 
 through this little bit of the
 great north woods.
at home
the barn continues to bend.
 isn't it crazy
that something so huge 
just melts away? 
i am so happy
that the days are a fraction of an inch longer.
i sense it, know it, and celebrate it. 
happy new year.
and thank you all for your attention, 
your caring.

and there's a new interview with me
over at zoneone arts.
seems that zones are currently in my world 
(zones one and four, that is).

10 comments:

Mo Crow said...

such wild beauty

Alice said...

Thanks for the woodsy tour. I needed that.

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, it's very wild, though the only big tracks we saw were deer. no big cats, canines or bear, of course.
alice, i did, too. it was a lovely walk.

Anonymous said...

Everything becomes smaller to become something bigger.
Jude

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, yes. i love that. (i will, too)

Lee said...

watching the barn go down in slow motion is awe inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure - I'm glad it was empty and no one but the mice are losing their homes, but I hate seeing craftsmanship like that melt into the ground.

Here's to 2017, may things be different

Barry said...

Hi V - love the colours of that evening photo. I still feel a bit sad about the barn - though I guess it will find it's own level. Go well in 2017. B

Fiona Dempster said...

The night time images are so beautiful and I always enjoy a walk in your woods in winter - we have nothing like it. It does feel good to know the daylight has more minutes; we aren't yet noticing the loss of them here so more than happy to share!

Velma Bolyard said...

lee, we had 2 days of big winds, but no further sinking...yet. it's been hard to accept, but now i'm fine with it all.
barry, thanks, for both thoughts
fiona, i tell my friends here that the australian woods is exactly the same but totally different from ours, like it's been redrawn by dr seuss or another genius.

handstories said...

Oh, how that birch is reaching for the sky! A really beautiful sharing, thank you.

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