May 23


Next Time

by William Stafford

Next time what I’d do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I’d stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I’d watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I’d know more — the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
like a light.




hopstrellis  hopsplants

It’s been a good week, and a hard week.  Looking back over photos and reflecting, I think there’s been a lot of growing happening, and growth can hurt.  Just ask our almost-7 child, who has lots of growing pains, tooth pains, fears and anxiety, etc.  On the farm, we planted strawberries into our cardboard mulch in front of the hoophouse.  We finished putting up the trellising for Ben’s hops plants (we screwed a board waaaay up high on the house, with hooks on it and ran twine up and back down).  We picked a lot of rocks, which is probably the most frequent springtime farm chore around here.  We started shooting a video about making wholegrain sourdough bread (exciting!).  And we settled back into home after being away.  I’m still on my yoga mat every day (I practice while the kids are eating their breakfast, and then I eat mine).  Tomorrow is the farmer’s market, and a little carnival is set up on the town commons – the kids are beside themselves with excitement.  I’ve always avoided it, but it looks like this is the year we’ll go, and you know what?  I’m kinda excited to try the bungee-trampoline jumping gizmo.  I think some jumps and flips would do me good.  After all, the children aren’t the only ones growing.

Blessings on your weekend.

P.S.  The kids keep stealing my camera to take photos – one of them caught this rainbow in front of our blossoming cherry tree!


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