Tag Archives: spring

A Springtime (?) Poem

Today was only about our third warm day in Minnesota for the season, so I took advantage of it by doing some spring cleaning out in the garden. Mostly I raked out old leaves that blew in last fall and … Continue reading

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Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously

It was cold for awhile: Finally it warmed up and snowed a bit: Our “outdoor cat,” Moe, who lives inside during the winter and who has a bad case of Cabin Fever, finally got to go outside this morning—it’s 22 degrees … Continue reading

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If Life Gives You Apple Blossoms . . .

Of all the language sources, the loss of nature seems the saddest. A thousand times a day, nature—in the most ordinary of places—has something to tell or show us; something it wants us to touch, smell, or feel; something it … Continue reading

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Snowstorm in May

May 2, 2013:  We woke up to a power outage and a foot of snow on the ground. By noon, about 15″ had fallen, with everything outside looking pretty shocked. Here’s my best lilac bush, which had buds and which was … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Springtime in Europe (or anywhere)

January 29, 2013 BAD NEWS FIRST It’s winter in Minnesota, so it’s cold, snowy, icy, generally miserable, and almost uninhabitable. Tomorrow, our high temp is forecasted to be 1 degree Fahrenheit. My driveway is pure ice. NOW, FOR THE GOOD NEWS … Continue reading

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“Last Spring” by Gottfried Benn

Last Spring by Gottfried Benn (translated from the German by Michael Hoffman) Fill yourself up with the forsythias and when the lilacs flower, stir them in too with your blood and happiness and wretchedness, the dark ground that seems to … Continue reading

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A Million Birds

My mom used to say, “The birds are having a convention.” I saw this photo of birds in my backyard, and thought I’d taken it some fall when the trees had lost their leaves and the birds were getting ready to fly south … Continue reading

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