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Sligo Creek Snowdrops

“Sligo Creek Snowdrops” by Randal Mason. [Image: white flowers with drooping heads and upright green leaves emerge from a bed of dead leaves. A creek and some bare trees can be seen behind them.]

“Snowdrops” by Louise Glück

Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know
what despair is; then
winter should have meaning for you.

I did not expect to survive,
earth suppressing me. I didn’t expect
to waken again, to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring–

afraid, yes, but among you again
crying yes risk joy

in the raw wind of the new world.

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Just Act Natural

Home from Dubai safe, sound, and freshly showered. For the record, 10 hours into a 14-hour flight is when my restlessness really kicks in. But then, through the plane’s A/V system, I discovered that Meshell Ndegeocello has a Nina Simone tribute album out. The music was like a gift to my weary traveler’s soul, and I found myself transported as I was transported. Glad to be back, and I’m feelin’ good.