Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Fruits

I picked our first few Sugar Ann snow peas yesterday.  We have already been enjoying leafy things from the garden, like spinach, lettuce, scallions, and the out-of-control oregano.  But there's something more satisfying, more complete, about the produce of  flowers.  The squash and tomato plants are blooming now, and I can't wait to taste their fruits. The peas were delicious stir-fried with some chicken. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fanfare for the Uncommon Caterpillar

Behold the Caterpillar!  Come, take a peek
at how he became a young man last week.
On Monday, awarded for language and math.
Wednesday, he finished the elementary path.
(His classmates felt it an afternoon drear;
an evening reunion brought them some cheer.)
I let him wear the coat he likes
for his twelfth birthday wetlands hike.
He shared a cake with Grandpa G.
The candles burned so merrily!
After the singing, like good Scouts,
they quickly put the fire out.
On Fathers' Day he became a deacon,
to serve and smile, and be a beacon.
His good example can't be hollow;
in his footsteps, brothers follow.

I think he'd like to spin a coccoon,
and disappear inside his room,
to talk 'til midnight, sleep 'til noon,
and read adventures in the gloom.

What will he be, metamorphosized?

Still mine, if he keeps his winning smile,
and his chocolate almond eyes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sir Isaac Newton

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The Caterpillar as Sir Isaac Newton
(he sewed the buttons on the frock coat himself)
Here are a few of the interesting facts the Caterpillar learned while studying the eccentric scientist this year:
Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day, 1642.
His favorite color was red.  When he was Master of the Mint, he bought a set of new furniture, all in crimson.
After his death, people studied his laboratory, and discovered that he was an illegal alchemist.
Through his studies of the Bible, Newton predicted that the world will end in 2050.

As Sir Isaac Newton would appear today,
if he'd paid any attention in 6th grade