my brother-in-law called yesterday morning from my driveway. just dropping by to say good morning in this time of plague. i saw them through the windows, suave and urbane. glad I was dressed with hair combed. beside their car, they began dancing, laughing music turned up they were a party in my driveway. music down, we stood talking, me next to my car, they next to theirs. far enough apart to be safe from any stray virus we might be carrying. it was the first time i'd seen them since the quarantine - a month? two months? it's hard to remember any more. their dog in the back seat. wondering why and where. they'd just been by and waved at the grandkids through the windows. i wished for the porch chairs and the little tables in idlewild. i could serve tea and we'd sit, each at our table, and talk in the yard. ten feet apart. just in case.
Golden leaves on trees on the shore of the Mill River. Snow as high as the porch. Belle Isle picnics, watching freighters on the Detroit River. The green canopy of Elm trees. A snow ball bush, an apple tree and cabbages in my grandparent's yard. Snow that fell all winter long and didn't melt until late March. Exploring second growth woods across from the cottage. Swimming across the lake in the summer and skating in winter. Fishing from the dock. The waves of Lake Michigan washing fish up on the cement walk to the Ludington light house. The Northern lights playing over the yard. So many stars. The shades of deep purple, maroon and brown of oak leaves. The red and yellow of Maples in the fall. The Angel Oak and hanging moss. Sand dollars in the ocean. The totally dark night time roads of the sea islands. Fresh fish. Shrimp. Sand dunes and sea grass and the rise and fall of the tides. Red dirt roads. The smell of pine trees in the heat of summer. Pecan trees. Huckel berries and black berries. Ticks. Walking around Watkins Mill lake and down by the Fishing river. Snow and ice and slippery hills in winter. Waterfalls,mountains,lakes and woods. So hard to get to for me, but then there are the many trees in my yard. The sun and sky and stars over all.
The bare branches of the elms arched over the sidewalks when we walked those blocks to school in the winter. Down Calvert, across Linwood. Sometimes we cut across Central's field. That's how Carol lost her boot in the snow. Her brother Ralph got the beating for it.
The palm leaves
rustle like ocean
in the wind.
The clouds so low, l
could reach up
Every plant in the yard is green, dark
green, light green.
The black bark on the trees is wet, English Ivy
climbs. Purple flowers are scattered in the tiny
meadow where the yard slopes down. Brown leaves, wet and
unraked, ivy is sprouting up in spots.
Across the street, I see a bit of the yellow house the green.
In an open spot over the street
rain pours down. Cars drive by, lights shining on the wet
pavement. Rain overruns the clogged gutter,
splashing the brick walk.
The birds sing their goodnight songs.
The snow fell all day.
Piling on tables and
corn stalks. Turning the
plastic sheeting into a snow