Monday, May 21, 2018

"a window-look across the way"

Across the bottom of this blog is the Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote that was my theme for this blog and inspired its name and website address:

"A score of household selves polish the floors,
replenish pantry shelves,
ticking to duties all the clock-told day,
without a window-look across the way."

I have always needed window looks out, and later as a teenager discovered the magic of window looks in, and hoped that blogging would give me a way of expressing not only what I saw but what it meant to me.

After heavy storms during the night, I pulled up my bedroom shades and looked out.

Looking back in at me were dozens of yellow tulips studding large green leaves that still held teardrops of rain.

These are the moments that stop me in my tracks, 
          mesmerize me, 

                    feed my soul, 

                              remind me of who I am and what I need.

My mind needs times like this,
          and so I climbed back into my rumpled bed

                    and propped up on pillows. 

                             Then I just looked.

Through the window and across the way.

And I gave thanks for the American tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipi fera) that is the Tennessee state tree. It provides us with beauty, shade, a bouquet of yellow tulips in May, rustling sounds from the wind all summer and clapping sounds in autumn before the leaves turn yellow and carpet the ground beneath.