a long, slow bloom…

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It’s planting time,
the season of stiff hands and shovels,
unnerving surprises and solutions-to-find
and scurry,
(a super-busy time for my gardening business)

and I’m trying,
really trying,
to un-hurry up about it.

I don’t want to waste precious moments
trying to strong-arm time;
I can’t control it’s pace
but  I can choose mine

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so I’m moving mindful and flowy
when I remember
and clucking gentle to myself about it
when I forget

because they’re slipping by fast,
these moments,
and I don’t want to lose another one of them
to the blight of
hurry and rush
.

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I hope your May is spacious,
that it’s a long,  slow bloom,
that you allow your eyes to wade through starry nights
and fields of wild things rustling,
finding lift where you feel heavy,
light where you feel hard,
lushness where you feel barren,
and love in all your parts.

Comments

  1. The blight of hurry and rush is a perfect phrase. Too true, and sadly too common. I am doing my very best to put my anchors on…
    Hugs.

  2. The freshness of this post when blooming time is here already and the soil is warming to receive the tiny seeds, it’s difficult not to rush to give them plenty of time to develop but I did nothing but rest my poor weary old body today. I just didn’t hurry for anything all day and it felt like this day was special for me.

    Hurry was on no where to be seen today.
    hugs,
    JB

  3. I don’t think I knew you had a gardening business. It doesn’t surprise me — your photos of flowers speak with far more passion than the idle snapper — even the very good one! I have seeds started but I wonder when they’ll ever get large enough to go in the ground — or when the weather will be warm enough to put them there. I’d love to visit your garden someday!

  4. The “blight of hurry and rush”. Do you know that phrase will stay with me? I can already hear it echoing down the halls. Some words put themselves together like a bouquet and hand themselves to you knowing you will check their perfume several times a day. You’ve handed me such a bouquet. Thank you Jennifer.

  5. The “blight of hurry and rush”. Do you know that phrase will stay with me? I can already hear it echoing down the halls. Some words put themselves together like a bouquet and hand themselves to you knowing you will check their perfume several times a day. You’ve handed me such a bouquet. Thank you Jennifer.

  6. Beautiful, Jennifer! The “blight of hurry and rush” is all too present in this world. May YOUR May be spacious also. And thank you for sharing your beautiful photography. Such rich and soulful images!

  7. Oh my goodness, I love the hopes for May. How precious and lovely this post is. I saw you over at Susan’s A Moment and thought I would stop by.
    Blessings,
    Gayle from Behind the Gate

  8. So far May has been cold and wet and I may miss much of it if I have to have this surgery soon. I do so love May in the garden except this year when we are almost 3 weeks behind in bloom so June may be the new May around here….regardless I savor the time in the garden.

  9. So far May has been cold and wet and I may miss much of it if I have to have this surgery soon. I do so love May in the garden except this year when we are almost 3 weeks behind in bloom so June may be the new May around here….regardless I savor the time in the garden.

  10. Oh the glories of May and peace. Here’s to capturing every last morsel.

  11. Your words are a haunting reminder to all of us, time moves much more quickly than we ever imagine and filling our moments fully, well that’s where life gets lived. Love this and love the photos!

  12. so beautiful. you are a such a gentle amazing soul.

  13. I always take a long deep sigh after a Ripplespeak read. And a smile too.
    Xo

  14. Un-hurry up or hurry down? :)
    What is magical is that we accomplish a lot more when we pay attention and are fully present. And we receive the gift of space, as you beautifully state: space to enjoy and really feel. Deep breath. Thank you! ♥

  15. Here’s to a long, slow bloom for both of us. I have a feeling it will be a challenge, but I’m going to try to savor it as much as possible! xoxo

  16. time for me does go by in a blur…so good when i remember too to be conscious about it and enjoy life…instead of always rushing!!

    Your fields of flowers are soo beautiful!!

  17. You sure captured the shining beauty of these flowers

  18. I so love that…a long, slow bloom! Happy May!

  19. Beautiful words and photos. x

  20. I am reading your blog here in Costa Rica while I’m hurrying-down. Your words are so alive here in this beautiful country where the people truly live “pura vida” …the pure life. I shall bring this home, my friend.

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