Dogwood and Other Delights


Spring has sprung in NJ, and my favorite blooming tree is the dogwood.   Sadly, the blooms don’t last very long, but when you see its flowers, especially against a backdrop of other non-blooming trees, it’s like nature has laid bolts of lace across the various layers of the tree canopy.

Crazy-crunch time for my previous job was spring – our worst months were April and May, and I used to joke that T.S. Eliot must have been a book rep because he wrote the line, “April is the cruelest month”.  So one of the lovely benefits of my retirement has been that I have had the luxury of being able to truly revel in the art show that nature has been producing these last few weeks.   Here in NJ, it seems as if one week everything is winter blah gray, and seemingly overnight everything is suddenly magnificently spring green and in bloom.   I know it’s a cliche to take time to stop and smell the roses, but without a doubt, there is so much value in doing it and feeding your soul.

In addition to feeling more intensely alive and aware of the world being “puddle-wonderful” (a line from an e e cummings’ poem), I now have the time to write – not just this blog, but a memoir that I have wanted to write for years.   I may share some of it on this blog when I feel it’s ready, but it has been as soul-nurturing for me as appreciating the miracle of spring.  Writing requires a lot of self-reflection and discipline, but the creative process is something that I have missed for a long time, and once again I find myself feeling so grateful for being able to immerse myself in this long-forgotten delight.

One more delight before I sign off – I have rediscovered some wonderful poetry, a pastime that hasn’t been on my “to do” list of late.   Here is a verse from an e e cummings’ poem that I love (he really knew how to write about spring):

i thank You God for this most amazing day:

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes

Enjoy everything that is “yes” in your life!

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