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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Rushing at times like flames

sunrise : 6:28am
sunset : 6:13pm
day length : 11h 44m
moonset: 7:35 am
moonrise : 9:21 pm
moonphase: Waxing crescent 2 days

Rushing at times like flames

Rushing at times
like flames through our bodies-
as if they were still woven with the beginning
of the stars.

How slowly we flash up in clarity-

Oh, after how many light years have our hands
folded in supplication-
our knees bent-
and our souls opened
in thanks?

~Nelly Sachs (tr. by Ruth and Matthew Mead)

Hi gardener... found you via eeksy peeksy's site - wonderful to find your garden, my current novel is about a gardener and I've been crash-coursing in gardening knowledge for a year now. I think I've caught the bug and my little garden is now bursting with pots. I've a lovely book called 'Flora Poetica' (Ed by Sarah Maguire), not sure if you know of it? Here's one of my old favourites, hope you don't have it here already (oooh, so hard to choose one!).

Peonies at Dusk

White peonies blooming along the porch
send out light
while the rest of the yard grows dim.

Outrageous flowers as big as human
heads! They're staggered
by their own luxuriance: I had
to prop them up with stakes and twine.

The moist air intensifies their scent,
and the moon moves around the barn
to find out where it's coming from.

In the darkening June evening
I draw a blossom near, and bending close
search it as a woman searches
a loved one's face.

Jane Kenyon
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