When the zephyr appears,
We flutter and sway,
A waltz in the wind,
An impassioned ballet.
If the squalls should arrive,
We’ll shake, and we’ll sing,
Let loose of the branch,
Square dance in a ring.
The birds will take part,
Building homes for the new,
Whistling with joy,
Loving chirps, or a coo.
It’s a party, my friend,
Nature offers with glee,
Come join, all are welcome,
Better yet… it is free!
The image is another recycled photo; our Ginkgo. That tree is huge, and it just keeps growing, and growing…
Anyway, I was working on it last night and this afternoon, and was tickled when I saw the Word of the Day Challenge: Zephyr. How fitting!
Not to bring up the elephant in the room, but my walking came to a halt—just for this week. In case anyone is curious. It’s been pretty hot, like in the high 90’s, so I took a little break. We put up a little pool in the backyard, to soak our feet in, and watching the birds play inspired the poem.
That’s about all for now. Peace & Love!
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
One of the things that I love the most about the Garden Art series is the fact that it’s limited to my backyard. Well, with the exception of my neighbor’s Flowering Pear that is.
There are so many cool things in our yard, but the truth is… I don’t go out there as often as I should. Been there, done that maybe? What I’m trying to say is that I—like many others—tend to take what I have for granted.
Things lose their appeal after a while.
To go a step further, I’m no real fan of our Loquat Tree. The fruit gets brown and a great deal of them end up on the ground. You can see squirrel bites in them, too. It needs to be topped, so it’s too tall and the branches rub against the cables that stretch across the sky.
I know, I know… I sound like a cranky old grumbler. That’s my point. This Garden Art series is forcing me to forget what I think or feel about the things that have been around me for what seems like forever… and to look at them in a whole new way.
That’s what makes this piece special to me. That little star of the show is just two inches in size. I see growth, regeneration and renewal in this shot. It wasn’t easy to see, I had to look for it.
I see tropical flair, beautiful colors, and glistening light… things I don’t normally notice. The backyard looks brand new!
I feel very blessed today. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it’s another beautiful day here in paradise!
Thank you for reading!
Enjoy your day… and may everything seem brand new!