…and it has rained all afternoon. It is raining right now, on the four bags of compost lying in my garden, waiting to be amended into the soil. Yes, April showers. But the seed packets have to wait: four types of poppies, the lettuce that should have already be sown. Why am I receiving a call from Fort Lauderdale? I know no one in Fort Lauderdale. Why are not telemarketers not looking at the sky and not calling because their potential customers might be at the window watching it rain on unopened compost bags? Or do they use weather reports and schedule their calls for inclement weather, knowing their potential customers are at home most likely? Are the telemarketers pretending to be from Fort Lauderdale because they know they already are well into spring if not summer, and laugh as they call, eying chlorinated pools and mai tais? What is a mai tai? Is it an April-mocking drink? Is there no end to this rain?
Sky before storm
It is about to storm. The leaves are rustling like seeds in a gourd, like new silk saris. Fog has partially covered the Monument, and the sky is wash of white. One cat sleeps with a paw over her eyes, and another listens, alert, to the hammering of construction in the distance. A car goes by, gathering speed. Here is the thunder, low.
Rosebuds against Rainstorm
It has been raining. Gusts up to 45 mph, or is it 65?
At one point the rain turned to slush, frozen snow-like crystals, and a brief white drift formed to disappear.
All day I have been working on the new novel, and all day yesterday.
In truth, today I stopped a few times to correct papers and read A Room Lit By Roses for tomorrow’s class.
What will they think of this fierce brave writer, Carole,who is so open with her emotions in a way that is no way sentimental?
The screens are shaking like kodo drums. Will the calm actually arrive tomorrow?
I gathered my rosebuds, literally this morning, to see if I can see them bloom, and picked a surprise delphinium, which has been steadfast all summer long.
Chocolate cosmos are still blooming so I brought them in, too.