Yet, See, Things I know

Monday Morning Musings:

“I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”
--Sylvia Plath, Mad Girl’s Love Song

Ice Puddle at Red Bank Battlefield, ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

We prepare for winter
with blankets, tea, and books,
candles to light the nooks
of home, as heart, brain
given free rein, see in the shadows,
ghosts, cold, pain,

the fear of what frozen months bring,
the fear of known and unknown things—

we prepare to be together,
we prepare to be apart

our hearts sing, sigh
say goodbye in forlorn wandering
the air waves, weaves strands of grey with light
though it also shoots frozen silver darts–

yet, see

there’s magic still simmering, glimmering
at the surface where sea serpents shed their scaly skin
to dance with water sprites

Waves of water, sand, and air. A sea serpent leave her skin. ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

and eagles soar from bare-branched trees,
again into light,
over the river, the sky is grey

but the gulls rise, and there are patches of blue–
spring is coming

Clouds

despite the mud-stomped snow,
the geese know time flows

“we’re coming, we’re coming,” they honk and cry,

it’s coming, Spring,
the cardinal couples call,
and the nuthatches laugh,
and the crows gather (not murderous at all)
but aware

that love is in the air.

Valentine’s Welsh Cookies

And if I made you up,
then a wondrous dream it’s been,

there will be more snow, but in birdwing flight
and woodpecker’s drumming

I know spring is coming.

Merril’s Movie Club: So, you know, pandemic. . .we didn’t go anywhere. AND, the GOP senators, except for seven, couldn’t find their spines, or even worse, don’t care to. So. . .I really wanted to see a Merril movie, the kind we would have seen in a Philadelphia theater. I rented one from an NYC arthouse theater instead (filmforum.org). It’s less expensive than going to the movies, but of course, there are more distractions at home, so the experience is not the same. We rented, Preparation to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, Hungary’s entry for the Academy Awards. It’s a noirish story of a neurosurgeon who after meeting a man at a conference in New Jersey, plans to meet him in a month in the Liberty Bridge at the Pest side in Budapest. He doesn’t show up, and when she tracks him down, he says he doesn’t know her. Thus, begins a story of did she imagine this whole romance? My husband and I both liked the movie a lot—he was still talking about it the next day. It’s not up there with Cold War (sigh), but it’s still a good movie, beautifully filmed. The quote from Sylvia Plath was at the beginning of the movie.

He slept through the movie.

31 thoughts on “Yet, See, Things I know

  1. As ever, beautifully done (including photographs).
    “there’s magic still simmering, glimmering
    at the surface where sea serpents shed their scaly skin
    to dance with water sprites” is a lovely stanza

  2. There is definitely something wondrous about those early, early signs of spring. In northern New England, the first sign of spring is the smell of snow melting. Next is birdsong from unseen birds. I love the photo of waves of water, sand, and air–and the sea serpent’s shed skin, of course! Your Valentine’s dinner looks very good.

  3. Beautifully done, for sure. And grey the days may be, but you’ve still captured some beauty.
    So funny, as you were describing the moving, I immediately thought of Cold War! And then you go and say it’s not quite as good as! It’s playing on Netflix. I think I’m going to have to watch it again. Oh… there goes that song immediately into my head ..

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