“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

5.18.2011

i like they way they are tied in knots


a belly button there in their middles,
and i like they way they're not here for very long.
you have to look quick or you'll miss them;
you'll have to wait until next year.

once-upon-a-time mary across the street
would soak them in ice water ~
she'd be up early in the morning picking them for me.
she'd soak them face down in bowls of cold water
and call me when she knew i was awake,
tell me she had a gift for me.
we would lay them in water in a low white bowl
and i would place them on the trunk at the foot of my bed.
and they would last.

true things always do.

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10 comments:

  1. My hydrangeas are just starting to break out in little nubs. They line the walkway to the front door and, well, I just love them. Can't wait to see them again!

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  2. once again, you made me smile.
    that is a lovely memory.

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  3. oh sweet sweet mary .. soft tears over this one ~~

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  4. I love my hydrangeas ... but no buds yet. Lovely words and memory.

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  5. Oh, I love this; it brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy all the beauty for as long as it is.

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  6. that's my very favorite flower. how can it not be??

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  7. tied in knots!
    belly buttons in their middles...

    You enchant me. Again, I see something completely new.

    This is beautiful. xo

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  8. hydrangeas are my very favorite. i brought in my first arrangement this past weekend.
    i've never tried the cold water trick.

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  9. my favourite ever i love them glad you left this up too by the way

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