February 28, 2003

Seeds in Snow

image copyright Fred First
It is the time of year, in some parts of the country, when a body can begin to lose hope. A time when the White Witch of Narnia rules, and it is 'always winter but never Christmas'. A season of gray mud outside and too much knowledge of the same walls you've been looking at inside since early December. Snow is no longer beautiful or exciting, blue skies and the sound of songbirds not even a memory.

I felt foolish, but I put on my rubber boots, stepped over the fence wire that the deer have broken down around the garden, and stood yesterday in the falling sleet in the middle of what once was a living thing, thinking: Let me have things about me that are green. Resurrect in me the knowledge and hope that things will grow in rows and clusters, will flower and fruit in gold and red, will spill yellow pollen into the air and smell like bread baking. Where I stand in frozen mud and slush around my ankles I will feel the warm sun on my neck and hear bees buzzing in the corn tassels above my head. There will be rich, crumbling soil below my feet and in a handful of sweet earth, fragments of the composted remains of last year's harvest, better soil than when we started this little patch. Days are longer now, if not warmer. Gardening season is not a cruel myth. Plan. Anticipate. Plant seeds in your mind. Live again.

Posted by fred1st at February 28, 2003 06:09 AM | TrackBack

Bless you for that photo, Fred. I've got a bad case of the shack nasties, and the world around me is yet encased in ice and snow. The taste and texture of a homegrown tomato haunts my dreams, and the sweet nectar of a warm, fresh peach drips slowly through my memory, if not down my chin.

Posted by: ron at February 28, 2003 06:56 AM

What an incredible photograph. It is amazing what a little fog can do too! I definately envy you for living where there is a picture like that to be had. One day I'll be able to return to the earth.

Posted by: Josh at February 28, 2003 10:37 AM

Such a lovely, lovey photo Fred! The fog . . . so beautiful. (First time I typed that, I made a typo, and it read "the fob . . . so beautiful" . . . I sounded like poor Terry below. Hee!) And ooh! The bee post and picture are absolutely marvelous as well . . . as I had not seen them the first time around, I was delighted that you linked them!

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at February 28, 2003 11:01 AM

You write beautifully, and it is a lovely photograph.

Posted by: Jenny at February 28, 2003 07:12 PM

Great photo...keep 'em coming. How about a pix of the barn in Autumn?

Posted by: feste at February 28, 2003 07:56 PM

Aloha from Hawai'i, Frank! Even here, we suffer the chilly pangs of winter, if you can believe that 70 degrees under cloudy skies feels chilly. (Strange thing about the human body's ability to acclimate to warmer climes... 70 degrees can feel downright frigid when you're used to sunny skies.) So I thank you for that halcyon picture. Some days, I really do miss the mainland.

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