Sprung: A Writer Wednesday Post

April 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays | Poetry | Publication News

SprungSprung, photo &  all text, © Irene O’Garden, 2014

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Though momentarily concealed, the sun was out long enough this week to bless the dining-room bouquet, soften the earth in the garden and distribute a general feeling of relief here in the Hudson Valley.

Help arrived yesterday and busted up the last crusty, recalcitrant, gravel-studded humps of snow; scraped away the tattered mats of autumn leaves, and leveled all the yellow silhouettes of “winter interest”—those grasses, rosehips, dessicated flowerheads we leave in the bleakened landscape to lift our hearts.

Snowdrops, crocuses, green poking spears –all the lovely little Spring clichés bring comfort, for I’m wrestling with the angel of an old writing project.  Caught myself thinking that finishing it will be quite an accomplishment.

But that approach can be a winter of its own. Does Nature “accomplish” Spring?  Is it a list of tasks she checks off one by one? When she’s finished, does she collapse in a cloud and say “Glad that’s done!”

Those poking crocuses remind us creative projects are not sets of tasks, either, but living things, with their own seasons, growing out of ourselves into themselves and at last, springing free of us.


What’s springing up in you these days?

Wanted to let you know about a delightful project our local newspaper, Philipstown.info is doing. Perhaps your community might enjoy creating this as well–I was asked to record one of my poems–it will air later this month

One Poem a Day Won’t Kill You” celebrates April as National Poetry Month by inviting community members to read a favorite poem, original or borrowed.  The project drew such an enthusiastic response that April may be a bit longer than usual this year.  Tune in each day for a new addition to a delightfully inspiring anthology of poems and voices.




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  • Jo

    Hi Irene,
    I’m so glad philipstown.info contacted you for the poetry project! I gave them your email, which I had somehow committed to memory, after I finished my taping. Also, the Butterfield Library will kick off National Poetry Month with a reading by Hudson Valley poet Matthew Spireng on Saturday, April 5, 3 – 5pm. Jo

  • IreneOGarden

    I’ve been wanting to thank you for that Jo–thanks for making it easy! And bless Butterfield for continuing the good poetic spirit!

  • Jorie

    Thanks, I needed that! I am so often caught up in “to do list” notions of “getting things done”…as if…! Now the green spears and delicate blooms that are bravely asserting themselves here as well will remind me now of the “on and on” of our naturally blooming selves. And you, of course!

    • IreneOGarden

      Nothing makes me happier than knowing a post is helpful! Thanks, dear blooming gal–

  • Mark Rettman

    Beautiful picture!…. The Greeks thought of wrestling as an Art, of sorts, and MIRROR of the human struggle— be it art, work, love, living….wrestling for the challenge of the engagement/ sometimes winning/ sometimes losing….I suspect this O’ Garden creative project may end with a Full Nelson/ match to O’ Garden….. Spring… bring it on ! The yearning and the anticipating / so ready !

    • IreneOGarden

      From your mouth to the Angel’s ear! Thanks, Mark and thanks for sharing the post!

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