Spring out of the Blues

Now it's the perfect season
Yeah, let's go for it this time
We're dancing with the trees and
I've waited my whole life

-'Bloom' by Troye Sivan
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Dear One Absent This Long While 

by Lisa Olstein

It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;

everything blooms coldly.


I expect you. I thought one night it was you

at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,


you in a shiver of light, but each time

leaves in wind revealed themselves,


the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.

We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.


In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires

over which young men and women leapt.


June efforts quietly.

I’ve planted vegetables along each garden wall


so even if spring continues to disappoint

we can say at least the lettuce loved the rain.


I have new gloves and a new hoe.

I practice eulogies. He was a hawk


with white feathered legs. She had the quiet ribs

of a salamander crossing the old pony post road.


Yours is the name the leaves chatter

at the edge of the unrabbited woods.


Lisa Olstein, “Dear One Absent This Long While” Source: Radio Crackling Radio Gone (Copper Canyon Press, 2006)


In Bloom

Loss takes many shapes. So do new beginnings. Change is inevitable. We often cannot control the outcome. Our response, however, is within our grasp to shape. 

Will we shrink or expand? Share or hold back? Strike out or reflect? Our response may not be perfect. At times we may miscalculate, miscommunicate or fail to respond all together. Recognition that our choices matter, that our response has an impact on our lives and those around us has power.

Every year a new world emerges beneath the thawing of earth. Sprouts spring from the tips of previously barren branches. Memory of past springs may make this change seem mundane. But how miraculous, that after such a dark period of cold, our world responds with new life, color and soft luscious foliage. 

How may we too respond with such softness and life? How may we, like Mother Nature, turn our pain into something joyous. How can we respond to our own pain so that we too can bloom? Does our response have the power make painful outcomes more meaningful?

This month's doodle activity is intended to be cheery and bright. A celebration of the coming year. A response to the dreary darkness of this past winter. May you find some moments of peace, reflection and cheer this coming spring!

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