Thursday, April 18, 2024

“stirring / dull roots with spring rain”

not-quite Journaling, 68

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!
~ Robin Williams

4/2/2024: I’m recovering from a torn back muscle (that makes it difficult to breathe deeply without flinching, which worsens the pain), so my spring partying repertoire includes the occasional bit of whimpering. Still… crocuses and hellebores and daffodils, oh my! 🪴🌺😁🌺🪴


If the eclipse fails to art your sky, do delight in other wonders.

4/9/2024: So, yesterday’s partial solar eclipsed--which many New Yorkers (all right, me) expected to look partially spectacular in our bit of the world--barely made the sun look a tad dingy. But last month, at the end of a run, I saw a hawk enjoying the sun. Thoughts (and pictures and video) of the sighting still make me smile. Also, my back feels healed enough that I can start walking my way back to running (again). And that is another wonder.


The cruelest months (not-so-gentle) rain mushrooming delight for me.

4/14/2024: April showers have been having their way with New York City. But the sun finally came out. And like me, the other wild things growing in these urban woods are so happy to feel him.


April is the cruellest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
~ T. S. Eliot

4/18/2024: Yep, the rain is back…

  for Poets and Storytellers United (Friday Writings #123: April)


  1. I thought of quoting Eliot in my post but resisted, and here you have done it for me. It sounds as if this April is cruel indeed for you, and yet you find the beauty and the joy in the beauty. May you walk well and run soon.

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  2. Nature so beautiful and vibrant... hope the wonders and healing keep coming ...wish you good health and pretty flowers!

  3. Lovely photos! April here has had a few showers, but cool, heading towards winter.

  4. Rain in Drizzling attire, people are fond of. But her furious stage puts beings into Trouble. Liked the pics and the writing.

  5. Our April Showers here come in the form of snow. Luckily it doesn't last too long.

  6. Mixing memory and desire - great poem and love this line.

  7. I like "if the eclipse fails to art your sky." It didn't do much for mine, because the day was rainy...but yes, although my web site is currently looking at virtual butterflies of South America, I *did* get out and enjoy the company of real local butterflies this week. Dogwoods, redbuds, daffodils, and buttercups too.

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  8. "If the eclipse fails to art your sky, do delight in other wonders" ~ exactly what I did. Pulled on my walking duds and did a leisurely 2.6 miles. Leisurely being the operative word. LOL. I do enjoy your journaling, Magaly ... even the painful bits. Your honesty.

  9. Your photos are beautiful.....Running? My goodness you're making me feel guilty....does washing dishes and doing laundry count as exercise? :)....Rall

  10. I'm sorry about your back but glad it is healing. Your photos are simply gorgeous. Ohhh don't even talk to me about rain. ha ha ha. We are again in another storm. I am so sick of it. I need sunshine. Run on my friend.

  11. The crocuses, hellebores and daffodils look beautiful.

    So sorry to read about your back, may it continue to heal and the pain lessen.

    Have a good week.

    All the best Jan

  12. Beautiful images & words.
    I love the "party" quote about Spring!
    Let's party! :)

  13. I wish you swift healing and lots of glorious nature sightings!


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