City Tulips, Country Blooms: A Writer Wednesday PostMay 14th, 2014 | Posted by in Essays
City Tulips, photo & all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014
As the old song goes, while strolling through the park one day, in the merry, merry month of May, I was taken by surprise… by the colossal size and the glory of the tulips on the way. These opulent beauties are gracing Madison Square Park for a few more days.
But I cannot linger to describe or draw conclusions from them (not that they need it) for I teach a dozen poetry classes this week to help our local schoolchildren cherish the natural world. (Thanks to the Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s River of Words program.) So it’s a short post today.
Monday was School Forest Day here in Garrison, and I was asked to conduct a few sensory awareness exercises with first-graders. We watched leaves dance, listened to myriad sounds, learned to know a personal rock by touch alone.
Here are the blooms I’m cultivating in our country woods–with any luck, they’ll keep blossoming for years and years.