Let the beauty we love,
be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
The Farmwife Diaries
An ode is an 'often ceremonious lyric poem' that speaks to it subject and celebrates a person or place or occasion. An ode, in the old days, was meant to be sung. This year, I will celebrate the Finnrier apple orchard each month with an ode. Where these trees grow, our hearts are planted. I want to witness the orchard, how the earth turns beneath it, how the sky shifts above. I sing to the trees my love...
It’s been a bright, bountiful summer and yet, with a slight tilting of the earth, it seems to be quickly falling into a new season. This is a wool sweater morning. The sky is cloudy and concerned. The calendar is edging towards September. But yesterday evening, I found a place where summer is still abundant...
I have a dear friend and cherished mentor whose illness has become more aggressive recently and I wanted to offer her my attention and love from the farm. I thought to send her ‘moments’ that I spent still this Spring, witnessing the world around me and wondering at this precious life. I tried to express these moments in haiku, offered here with great love and gratitude for my friend Julie and for the opportunity to watch another sweet Spring arise upon the Earth.