"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:
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
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
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
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
college team but this year they'll be HERE...GO RO!
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...