"in just" (aka in Just- spring) by e.e. cummings was originally published in The Dial Volume LXVIII, Number 5...This is a favorite poem of mine for many reasons even if e.e. cummings can't spell balloon (as all Albuquerque-ans can). For one thing, this is a poem that, with its line breaks and placement on the page, becomes a 'literary art piece'. It can be placed like a portrait of early spring onto your wall in a frame. Presto: literary art. There's that and the story it tells, minus the mud-luscious wonderful puddles, brings me to a here and now moment in our Enchanted Land.

In 1920, e.e. cummings (1894-1962) wrote:

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little lame baloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddyandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and


baloonMan whistles

Perhaps we are not quite right there yet, with the first bursts of that light-colored-spring-green in all the trees, but there are big hints that we are close. Last night under stars you could see both Orion and the Big Dipper in the sky at the same time. The heralding constellations for two separate seasons were overhead together. Soon enough, Orion will be totally 'gone', leaving only the Big Dipper to mark the full spring and end of winter. Still, in early evening twilight, the crows fly southeast over the city and as dawn breaks you can hear the sound of their carraws, as they fly back northeast across an awakening city. They too, will be gone soon. You can still see thinning crowds of cranes and geese circling high overhead taking their last looks at the Bosque and Rio Grande before they vanish. Wintering ring-necked doves, Merlin and Coopers hawks can be seen in our backyards. And, according to the RoadRunner Lady, soon we will see our unique state bird begin to run and dart through our neighborhoods again.

Football seasaon is long gone and the madness of this March couldn't get much more 'mad' with our Top Ten in the Nation, Lobo men, finishing one season and readying now for the 'next part' of this historic season. It's not quite Isotopes' time yet, but the anticipation of seeing the new Marge and Homer statues at the ball park and the first cracks of the bat as the sunset lights up the Sandia watermelon hue on a warm evening is taking shape.

It is not time (until next weekend) to SPRING AHEAD but the daylight is now obviously burning up the darkness of wintertime. And speaking of 'light', our city is in the national spotlight this month in the latest issue of the
American Airlines flight magazine. And before the month is out Breaking Bad cranks up another meth-defying season (3/21). A new season of I.P.S. , IN PLAIN SIGHT premieres on March 31st. Now I get it, that's what's filming near all those IPS signs all over town). Also the national CBS College Sports team will be in the Pit filming the Lobos' reaction to their allotted NCAA Finals' seed slot (3/14). They could be anywhere filming any college team but this year they'll be HERE...GO RO!

bunnytown,jeff hartzer
An in just-spring moment courtesy BunnytownUSA"

You can still see the mountains through the bare trees but tiny buds are starting to appear. We seem to be done with hard freezes but the strong winds of late spring aren't yet blowing. On a serious note, with such a lack of measurable precipitation around town (despite tons elsewhere), we stand to be in a High Fire Danger zone for this year's windy season. It's a perfect time for a quick Chimayo roadtrip before the pilgrims set foot on their trip. It's warm enough to go to the Bio Park without breaking a summer sweat.

Here's a shot of a recently-seen backyard hawk visitor...

There's a new Mayor in town and he wants your opinion regarding the 'sort of' proposed Events Center project downtown. Some folks (like moi) think we need a new high school or grocery store downtown more than another Events' Center but, speak your piece to Mayor Berry. As winter wanes, life on the street will grow ever more 'exciting'. Just this week, police arrested Kevin Garner for the 125th time. Geeze, the man is only 42 years old; that's 3 arrests for each year of his life. Hang onto your purses ladies and gents and don't forget to bring your pistol to Starbucks.

Meanhwhile, just now you have accomplished your resolution to read a poem a day (Wait, when did I resolve to do that?)...So take a pat on the back, go get out there, and be sure to enjoy yet another perfect high desert season...this in-betweener-season , in Just- spring.

And from another day, possibly the same hawk...It is amazing to me to see so many birds of prey right in the heart of town ( ABQsouth area near downtown.)

...sittin' in a tree, k-i-s-s-ing...

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Comment by cathyray on March 6, 2010 at 9:38am
great post!
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on March 6, 2010 at 10:27am
Thankee Spankee...Must be the GR 8 weather that inspire-red me.
Comment by Barelas Babe on March 6, 2010 at 11:22am
Loved your post! The e.e. cummings poem really sets the tone for spring's arrival, doesn't it?

I'm puzzled about your comment re: needing a new high school downtown. Do you think AHS should move to the downtown core? Or that we would benefit from having more than 1 charter high school downtown? Just curious. I'd love to see a grocery store downtown, though.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on March 6, 2010 at 12:16pm
APS has made great improvements to the Barelas property they have used for years as Admin. facility--turned it into an elementary school. I would rather see the current brick Baptist Church that the city wants to buy (as well as APS) turned into a magnet school for the arts at the secondary level. It could pair up with Keshet taking over the Kimo, with Longfellow Elementary, Working Classroom, and with the fine arts of AHS.

If any families with children fill up ALL the new downtown condos (next century?) more schools could be needed. I do not believe the residents of EDO/downtown/Barelas/South Broadway/ABQsouth need more people invading
downtown for temporary one time 'events'. We need more 'living' things for the residents who are already there or hopefully interested in moving there...marketplace/grocery/learning centers/something to compliment whatever the Santa Fe Roundhouse will eventually become.

And a quick notage for Monsieur Ben...I love mourning doves/ring-necked ones too...I also love HAWKS who like to eat them (and bunnies)...I do not place doves in quite the same category as PIGEONS however. I do Just say no to all pigeons other than Walter Pidgeon.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on March 6, 2010 at 12:24pm
This buns for you, Ben...I added a picture of a mother rabbit and child taking a drink of cool spring water...ah spring. Just say no to pigeons!
Comment by Debra Landau on March 7, 2010 at 1:36pm
Thanks for e e cummings. Every weekend needs "e e"?! (OK, that was lame.) So, what's with the all-but-ring-necked dove supremacist movement in the comments? Meanwhile, I am also looking forward to seeing our hood's roadrunner looking for lizards (and love?), though he will have to compete with the dogs for the former.
Comment by Debby S on March 8, 2010 at 7:54am
Note: the "pigeon" in the picture is a Eurasian Collared Dove. Say yes to pigeons -- as eatters of weed seeds and, later, as hawk food.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on March 8, 2010 at 10:17am
I thought it to be a ring-necked dove...thanks for info (I know it ain't no pigeon.)
Comment by Debby S on March 8, 2010 at 5:20pm
I noted this morning (3/8) that spring has surely arrive -- our annual robin was outside my window doing his best immitation of singing (robins sure try!). Chirp, chirp, chiiirp, chirp... house finches are better singers but they wait until later in the morning :)
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on March 8, 2010 at 5:33pm
We've had a robin or three (or maybe the same one repeated)...Also have recently seen flickers which are similar in shape. I don't recall if flickers stick around for summer or move on like the birds of prey....Have yet to see our neighborhood roadrunner though.


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