waiting – solc #14

The air is warm and still this morning. The grass is greening. All around plants are on the verge of the annual coming out party. The trees have just a touch of that spring green fuzz at their tips. The stalks of bushes are starting to bulge. The buds that set last fall are getting bigger. My aunt said they have tomato plants with four leaves already.

The air is warm and still this morning. The frisky squirrels race ‘round and ‘round the trees, up and down. The birds are singing and calling and searching for worms in the still damp ground. From time to time one will fly from point to point, here to there, bush to fence, inspecting things – or maybe just because it can’t stay on the ground on a morning like this.

The air is warm and still this morning. The clouds move ever so slightly as the sun rays do their best to peek through them to light the scene. With it being this warm you wonder if it will lead to another spring storm, with the fierce winds that come from cold air that doesn’t want to give up its hold yet. But there’s no sign of that now in the closeness of the air on your skin.

The air is warm and still this morning. All the pots where flowers will be later look so empty. The temptation to fill them is strong, but you know, not yet. You can look around and see that spring is definitely knocking on the door. But we don’t open the door yet and invite our long awaited friend in, not yet,  because we know that winter isn’t quite packed and ready to go.

The air is warm and still this morning. We are all waiting.

11 thoughts on “waiting – solc #14

  1. Jama says:

    Perfect! I will save this poem. It is a beautiful ode to spring!

  2. Paul says:

    My favorite writing is writing that’s deeply rooted in nature and the senses. We’re not quite there yet up here in Alberta, but we’re getting closer! Rhythmic, warm writing! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth G says:

    What a great glimpse of Spring. We keep getting peaks in WA but the snow continuous to surprise us (we had some flurries today). I hope that you are able to welcome your friend in soon.

  4. It is strange reading of spring knocking on the door while over here in Australia we are holding open the door of early Autumn, waving goodbye to long summer days. I find this a beautiful, but sad time of year as it doesn’t hold the promises of spring

  5. Kelly Mogk says:

    Spring is one of my favorite things to write about! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece. I especially loved “All around plants are on the verge of the annual coming out party.” Just lovely. 🙂

  6. pamelahodges says:

    ” because we know that winter isn’t quite packed and ready to go.”

    Lovely images through out.

  7. Lisa H. says:

    Love this! I love the temptation to fill the empty flower pots… YES!!! Hopefully soon?? Thank you.

  8. elsie says:

    This reminds me of Rylant’s In November. I love how each paragraph has its take on The air is still and warm this morning. I am printing and I will use this for a powerful repeating line lesson. Thanks.
    Also thanks for commenting on my post. 🙂

  9. Jodi Mahoney says:

    I love the repetition in this and the description that makes you linger and digest the world around you. Thank you for making it come alive for all of us.

  10. Yes winter is a most finicky house guest, One minute she’s ready to go, the next, she’s parked in the driveway again, unloading her bags and yelling “yee haw – fooled you!”

  11. Carol says:

    Hope you don’t mind that I searched this out. It only took about five minutes – and I figured you wouldn’t have shared so much info if you really minded. I know your gift for writing – so I was eager to read this. I’m wondering how writing fits in with architecture. 🙂 But then – it doesn’t have to, does it? Love the imagery in this “slice.” Winter has started packing, but I don’t think it is ready to go yet either.

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