5/16/2011

Spin Cycle

In the background is a peppy little voice cheerfully chattering  about the nautical look, and how we can now take it the office. As she burbles away, I stare at this nautical look, and I wish I could. But I don't think that's what the etalk hostess means. This spring has been so long coming, that now that it's here, I find myself slightly off kilter. Not quite in focus and a bit soft.
Like dawn on the river. It holds me spellbound as I count hundreds, no thousands of ducks and geese, gathering, gabbing, gobbling, and going on their way. I sit and wonder where they have been. Where they will be tomorrow. I want to know their unknowable journeys. I want their promises to return. Again and again.
Like violets, and daffodils.
The cheery greeting I am given upon arrival is worth the long winter's wait.
And I smile, happy that they're so...so relentlessly yellow! 
They wink and nod with the spirit of spring.
Like little red squirrels who have waited for months to scold someone.
Anyone. Me.


Like a tightly coiled furry little spring, he can't stop moving. Or chirping.
"I'm alive! I'm alive! You are too! What are you doing? Where are the peanuts?
Get the nuts! I'm alive! I'm starving here! Hurray! Hurry.
No, don't stop. Don't look at the birds. I know they're cute. So am I!
Okay, one little look... Hurry!" 
How can one look just once?
This place has me on spin cycle.
I love Spring.

I'm alive.

14 comments:

Mary said...

This moved me Susan. That last photo made me laugh and cry!

Thank you. I needed this.

Mary

DUTA said...

The yellow, heart-warming colour of the daffodils, the gathering of the ducks and geese on the river, the "Ï'm alive" chirping of the squirrel - all this is very typical of Spring.

Beautiful post and photos, Susan!

EG Wow said...

I love spring too. And it sure was long in coming this year. But it is HERE!

VALKYRIEN said...

Love that first shot, beautiful reflection of the sky in the water!

fjällripan said...

Beautiful photos, I love the first one, great reflections :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos. I love the squirrel, and the reflection in the first photo. I even think I can see a reflection in the last photo, too.
I have always loved Spring, and yours is the springiest post I've seen this year!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Karen said...

A terrific series of shots and thoughts. The first photo is awesome!

Schooling Mum said...

i see geometry in the first picture! that's amazing!

I have a series of shots of the FIRST EVER RAINBOW TO APPEAR IN CENTRAL WI SKY. I hope to see you at my page!

Carletta said...

Lovely sky shots and a wonderful reflection of it - nice catch!
As much as I liked your images I loved your prose just as much - lovely thoughts and writing.

Thanks for your visit. :)

forgetmenot said...

Lovely reflection of some pretty clouds. Lots of great "spring" things in your shots. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

thomas said...

love the beautiful reflection in the first picture.

TheChieftess said...

Very nice reflection in the top photo...the sky and clouds with the silhouette of the tree to the side...well done!!!

LauraX said...

each photo is wonderful...but my heart connected most with the perfect reflection of the first. Well done!

Luna Miranda said...

delightful photos. i love your squirrel shot.