THE GRASS so little has to do,
A sphere of simple green,
With only butterflies to brood,
And bees to entertain,
And stir all day to pretty tunes
The breezes fetch along,
And hold the sunshine in its lap
And bow to everything;
And thread the dews all night, like pearls,
And make itself so fine,—
A duchess were too common
For such a noticing.
And even when it dies, to pass
In odors so divine,
As lowly spices gone to sleep,
Or amulets of pine.
And then to dwell in sovereign barns,
And dream the days away,—
The grass so little has to do,
I wish I were a hay!
Sometimes I really do, especially after reading poems like this.
Instead the days seem full to the brim with things that should get done and half the time they’re are not because more things interrupt my mental (and written) agenda.
The intense heat that’s embracing Italy right now is calling for lazy afternoons, watermelon bingeing and little else. Out in the garden, even if all seems still and only sparked up by the fretting grasshoppers, the veggies are ripening at an incredible rate, meaning lots of extra work. I know I will enjoy this abundance later on in the year but at the moment it seems always hard to catch up with all the preparing and freezing and canning and batch cooking.
I also see my son ‘ripen’ day by day, as fast as the veggies in my garden. Only, there’s no way of ‘stopping time’ with him: a few pictures or videos to support my memory will have to suffice. That’s why amidst all of this distinctive summery turmoil, I try and stop: sit next to him and watch him grow as he experiences life. It’s easy to get caught in the net of “I’m too busy”, but forcing a break from it is really rewarding. When will these times come again? Never, so better seize the day.
Lazy (but intense!) love
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