Friday, February 7, 2014

Buried Alive and Thinking of Whitman

Yes, another drawing. I was hoping to convey in the clearest possible terms what my world is like at the moment. My world is buried. I am buried.





Yet in an effort at catching a wee oasis (and to escape the fearsome-ness of my cabin-fevered children), I left my warm abode (that thankfully had power restored after only a few hours) and stood out on my front porch. In my socks.

I listened to the sleet and ice ping against the ground. I drew in a cold breath that made my lungs ache, and exhaled in a white cloud. The cold damp of the porch started to seep through my socks to my feet.

I looked over at my favorite lilac bush at the porch corner bent beneath the weight of winter. The lilacs that I myself transplanted without managing to kill them (a feat of which I am exceedingly proud). A sheen of ice cracked and popped as the bush bowed still lower. I walked over, felt the sleet hit my face as I snapped a picture with my phone. What a beautiful thing winter can be.

Then I closed my eyes. I drew in another breath and imagined I could smell the lilacs. It brought to mind some lines of a Whitman poem:

In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash’d palings,
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle—and from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color’d blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with its flower I break.

Unable to ignore my achingly cold feet, I went back inside, dreaming of Spring and lilacs in bloom and laundry that will someday be done.


  1. ah, spring.....we wait for your arrival!

  2. Spring...and the laundry that will someday be done. Here, here!! -- *High hopes for my house ;)

    1. One foot on hope and one on reality. I think that's a healthy place to be :) Hope you're keeping well, sweet mama-to-be!

  3. I've got lilac bushes that look that way this morning, too, so...a big amen from sw Oklahoma :)

    1. Winter sure does seem long this year. Hope you're able to smell lilacs soon, Danni!


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