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Summer Leaves

Dawn’s sunlight breaks across the mountain ridge

Illuminating the trees in the vale below.

Mist rises from the creek that flows under the bridge toward the pastures downstream.

Night’s coolness gives way to morning warmth

And summer leaves drift down

 

Orange and yellow, green, blue, brown and black

The leaves come to life, spreading their wings. Catching the morning breeze

They float from heights above

Down to the willows and weeds gathered at creek’s edge

 

Lilacs come to life as the butterflies seek out branches

Where they flit and flutter in the morning sun

Each delicate creature a masterpiece of design and beauty.

Wings of stained glass perfection

Slender bodies, strong legs able to grasp leaves as

Butterflies probe flower petals sipping the hidden nectar.

 

The sun makes its daily trek across the sky

As Earth makes its annual trek around the sun.

Days grow shorter; night’s dominance begins, and

The butterflies sip with urgency

The passage of time and season now visible in their bodies—faded colors; rough, tattered wings; broken or missing legs.

 

And yet

 

They continue to wander from flower to fern

Seeking nourishment to sustain them for the days and nights ahead

When the butterflies seek warmer climes

And summer leaves.

100 things

Well, CG challenged me to name 100 things growing in our little subdivision. Don’t know if I got 100 or not, but found all of these pretty quickly.

maple
oak
poplar
pine
cedar
walnut
pear
apple
dogwood
elm
cherry
willow
mimosa
birch
locust
sumac
magnolia
bermuda grass
fescue
crab
alfalfa
clover
wild violet
dandelion
chickweed
wild strawberry
pokeberry
poison ivy
virginia creeper
moss
lichen
camelia
azalea
boxwood
crepe myrtle
juniper
rose of sharon
hydrangea
holly
iris
lily
rose
hosta
lariope
buttercup
candytuft
wild pansy
primrose
daffodil
black-eyed susan
grasshopper weed
queen anne’s lace
chicory
honeysuckle
blackberry
trumpet vine
morning glory
wisteria
daisy
mint
mushrooms
forsythia redbud
kudzu (EVERYBODY has this!)

Then we started thinking about the birds and wild animals that we see around here.

squirrel
chipmunk
rabbit
field mouse
mole
snakes
turtle
raccoon
opossum
rat
fox
deer
wild turkey
blackbird
robin
cardinal
goldfinch
bluebird
blue jay
sparrow
wren
woodpecker
hummingbird
crow
hawk
buzzard
starling
dove
wild geese
thrush
grey heron (or crane or something)
barn swallow
hoot owl
screech owl

We live in a sub-division that used to be more rural than it is now. Development keeps getting closer and closer. And we still see this many plants and wild critters. Not too bad.

Green in Todd

An ordinary blade of grass

No different from thousands of others

Lining the bank of the creek where I sit

Surrounded by wild violets, mountain ferns, grasshopper weeds

–a field of green.

 

I reach out and touch the single, slender shoot

Pulling it up from amidst its neighbors,

Sacrificing its life for my curiosity.

 

It slides smoothly between my fingers

As I pull it from root to tip—

Then I pull it back

The texture changes from smooth to rough, jagged, sharp.

 

I bend it over my forfinger

The sun reflects off its surface,

Changing the color from green to shining silver

Highlighting the ridges that run

Vertically along its length

Unseen until that moment.

 

As I look more closely at the field of green around me

Notice the grass, violet leaves, ferns, weeds—

All are different shades of green.

The blades of grass-verdant green.

The violet leaves-green, yet subtly blue.

The mountain fern-green, tinged with yellow.

The grasshopper weeds-green topped in feathery brown.

 

And I see that green is more than color.

 

Green is life.