Monday, March 21, 2011

Many Happy Solar Returns

March 9, 2011
Meadowbrook Road

 Today was my birthday ! It’s the day I consider the start of a New Year.
Where I grew up, in southeastern Pennsylvania,
the daffodils would be in full bloom on my special day.
There was greenness,
and a warm wind blowing.

Where I live now – er, it’s snowing.
On top of the other snow.

My birth-day is my signal,
even as the flakes drift down,

to be alert for the first signs of spring.
When I awoke this morning, I realized that the previous post
was my One Hundredth Blog!

So here is Blog Number One Hundred and One.
The theme for today: So Happy I’m Here.

Despite my sighs for the flowers of long-ago,
There is so much to be thankful for, here and now !

As I celebrate my personal New Year,
and watch,
and listen – the red-wings return.

I see and hear a red-wing.
It sings almost steadily on its perch there,
sitting all alone,
as if to attract companions
(and I see two more, also solitary,
on different tree-tops within a quarter of a mile),

calling the river to life
and tempting ice to melt and trickle
like its own sprayey notes.

Another flies over on high, with a tchuck
and at length a clear whistle.

The birds anticipate the spring;
they come to melt the ice with their songs.
HDT Journal, March 11, 1859


  1. I'm so happy you're here, as well, to be my good friend and to show me so many wonderful things, both in person and through your blog. Like that adorable Red Squirrel, the little rascal!

  2. This Solstice Baby wishes you, an Equinox Baby, a happy belated!