The lilacs will be here any minute
Forsythia is happening and so is coltsfoot on the roadsides
Daffodils are happening and little blue flowers I don’t know yet
Breakfast & dinner outside is happening
as the roosters chase each other inside their fencing
Grass is greening fast with full moon energy
The tomato starts are waving at the brassicas in the porch breeze
It is time for a hat with a brim that goes all the way around
It’s time for dandelions for dinner & ramps for lunch
The violets just showed their shy purple faces yesterday before the rain
The marsh marigolds are practically everywhere
Spring is touching us all with the a wand invisible & bright
“Schwenk” by Fairfield Porter, 1959.
I was given a fur coat for my birthday this year (by my mother-out-law, who gives amazing presents–raw silk scarves & notebooks & dark chocolates & the most pristine and gorgeous hand-me-downs). I’m not here to give my opinion on fur, mostly because I’m not sure of my opinion on fur. But this is what I do know. This coat is a beauty. This coat is so warm that when I walk outside in it, I feel like I’m still inside. It covers my entire body and it is both warm and beautiful and utterly deluxe. Here’s a picture of me the day I was given it, which was a very very snowy Saturday, a day I was not expecting to leave the house but then I did and wonderful things happened.
Today I wore the coat outside to let out the chickies. The chickies had no sense of my my unnecessary glamour, but they were pretty pumped to hop up and out of the coop. Tomorrow, I’ll wear it to a black tie Academy Awards party downtown, which I am attending mostly so that I can wear my new fur coat. Also for the company. Also for general deluxeness, which is scarce in February in Vermont.
And soon friends will arrive in Vermont & it will be my birthday & I will wear the fur coat again. And then spring will come & the snow will melt revealing the hidden garlic & I will be twenty-seven & eager to plant things & eat them. And the fur coat will hang graciously on its soft pink hanger, waiting until I need it again.
Photos by Misha, who else.