“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


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.



  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This is beautiful. xo

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

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


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