Sharing Time Together in the Garden By Teri H Hoover January 2, 2018
Finishing up our 3 mile walk we enter the garden gate. Pepper gainfully slides in before me. Her black snout nuzzles gently and successfully. Inside she waits to be free of her leash and bounds toward the deck door. Picking through sea shells I grab the hidden key and open the door. Pepper looks at me mystified as I grab the clippers and head right back outside. She joins me in hopes of another walk. But my plan, despite a chilly, gray January afternoon is to linger a bit in the neglected garden. Clippers in hand, I move toward my intended leaf littered bed. Just one bed, my bare hands will need a good cleaning later. Moldy and slippery gray lilac leaves have buried themselves among the stems of the naked coreopsis "sienna sunset". The clippers are rebuffed and slide along decayed gladiola stalk. But almost immediately my happy little pile takes the shape of a little upside down birds nest. The newly uncovered brown dirt looks pleased with itself. I pause at the muffled tune in my coat pocket. “Ah!Now this is good!” My brother Dan has called and he generously ends up sharing the next half hour in the garden with me. On speaker phone he keeps me company and little by little we bring a bit of light to the fading January afternoon.
Concentric rings around October's collision.
An unremembered sound has become deafening.
Determined to move beyond the muffle,
I walk until I am directly under the trees filled with red winged black
I stand there awhile drinking in their joyous noise.
hearing has diminished after are car accident in October, where the
passenger side air bag deployed. (I did not realize air bags made so
much noise and are notorious for causing ear problems .) A cold this
past week has made things much worse.}
Undeniable a Denied By Teri H Hoover - January 10,2017
My husband and my dog, Asleep long ago. Such comfort, Under the covers. Eyelids like magnets, Dreams begin to float. Enfolded into sheets, With Nora Jones, (who insists that I should not be denied) and two of the comfiest creatures on the planet.