The desire to reach for the sky runs deep in our human psyche. ~Cesar Pelli, Argentine-American architect
Going some place new
Traveling on a jet plane
Just a dream for now.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers, where I can walk undisturbed… ~Walt Whitman, American poet and journalist (often called the father of free verse)
As I walked past this house the other day,
I saw a row of flowers tall and pink.
Their lack of leaves seemed no cause to shrink
As in the breezes they did dance and sway.
What are these grand dames, I did say,
And home to research Google’s famous ink.
Amaryllis Belladonna, I think.
Quite a mouthful for such a pretty spray!
Around here they have another name,
One that’s not so long or even grand.
One, in fact, that makes my face grow rosy.
Yes, indeed, these beauties’ claim to fame
(Which probably should be banned across the land)
Is Naked Lilies. Poor pitiful posy!
Note: I tried to write this as an Italian Sonnet, but I’m not at all sure I’ve succeeded. It was way harder than I thought when I started! These are interesting flowers, but I’ve never tried to grow them (they’re toxic to dogs).
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but in being resolutely minded in a just cause. ~Proverb
“What are you doing on my air conditioning unit?”
“Just looking around.”
“Your lovely yard, for one thing.”
“Yes, it’s lovely. Especially when I’m chasing squirrels in it.”
“No, I think it’s more pleasant this way, with you inside looking out.”
“But I can’t get you.”
“If I make enough noise, my mama will let me out.”
“Maybe. Maybe not.”
“She strikes me as kinder than that.”
“What gave you such a dumb idea?”
“I don’t think she wants dead squirrel in her yard.”
“Who said anything about dead?”
“Doo-dee-doo-dee-doo, this air conditioner is a nice perch.”
“I didn’t know squirrels could sing.”
“Of course we can!”
“You’re singing on our air conditioner.”
“Uh-huh, and a nice perch it is, too.”
“You said that already. What’s so great about it?”
“It’s a wonderful vantage point.”
“Seeing farther. Guessing distances. Avoiding pests like you.”
“Shouldn’t you be in a tree or something?”
“Trees are overrated. Here, I have a nice breeze, sunshine, and no bugs.”
“But there’s no food.”
“Nor am I hungry right now.”
“Wait a minute! You’re the one who leaves corn cobs and apple cores in my yard?”
“Stop that singing!”
“I’m told I have a lovely voice.”
“You couldn’t be more wrong.”
“I’m not wrong about this perch.”
“Yes, you are. Why, you can’t even sleep there.”
“You might fall off.”
“Have you ever tried sleeping in a tree?”
Note: This is an imaginary conversation between my dog Monkey and a yard squirrel who ventured awfully close. For several years now, I’ve been awed by my friend John Howell‘s ability to write an entire story in conversation without dialog tags (you know, that “he said/she said” part). I wondered if I could do it, too. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you know!