WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY – a perfect time to sit back and think about all that which makes gardening such a pleasure – besides writing or reading a good book, of course!
During Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, carpets of enchanting, sweeps of blue erupt from sleep during April and May. These fairy flowers can be found everywhere along woodland edges and under trees, and for a few short-lived weeks, you might have opportunity to walk among them.
Our garden has the foreign Spanish bluebells – unfortunate in a way – because they are more robust than the native British ones and might endanger them. Even so, catching a glimpse of early dandelions for the first bumblebees is also a pleasure.
Such a wonderful sight often inspires us to write poetry or even to paint them. Here, as part of the slide show is a watercolour done by Elizabeth Aaron, who was inspired while walking with her mom, Sarah, in the western Pennines near their home to paint blue wild flowers, and below is my poem, “A Brief Life” and in Afrikaans, “‘n Lewe van Kort Duur”.
A Brief Life
Trapped dewdrops sparkle on bluebells’ petals as the sun appears above an eastern hill. They dance lightly in the breeze, inviting an early bumblebee to have his nectar fill –
What a delight!
Yet, suddenly the earth beckons and soon, they disappear to face another long night.
‘n Lewe van Korte Duur
Doudruppels skitter op blou hiasinte blare en sodra die son bo die heuwels verskyn
Dans hulle ligvoets in die windjie en roep na ‘n hommelby om sy nektar te kry –
Wat ‘n plesier!
Maar gou roep die aarde en spoedig verdwyn hulle vir nog ‘n lang nag.
– M.M. Botha
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