It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
The Real Work by Wendell Berry. This is a section of prose extracted from Wendell Berry’s essay Poetry and Marriage in his collection Standing by Words. 1983. Counterpoint Press.
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
Mary Oliver. Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.
National Pollinators Week is celebrated June 16 - 22 this year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps to protect these hard-working animals and insects that pollinate an estimated 75% of our flowering plants and crops. We may not often notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, and butterflies that carry pollen from one plant to another, yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds to eat, and we would miss the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts that we are dependent upon.
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This week we call your attention to those little known creatures that help nature bring fruits and vegetables to your table. These insects and animals travel from plant to plant, carrying pollen on their bodies, essential for the transfer of genetic material needed to reproduce most flowering plants. These animals are essential for a healthy ecosystem and are in trouble.
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to help pollinators:
Plant: Provide habitat for a variety of pollinators by planting a pollinator garden. To attract pollinators to your yard, choose native plants of different colors, shapes, and heights. Creating variety in flower color and shape will increase the diversity of pollinators that will use the space! Need help in identifying which plants are native in your area? Check through the Native Plant Societies in your area or explore native planting guides available through the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and Pollinator Partnership.
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Build: Create structures for pollinators that nest or roost. Free plans are available for construction of a bee block for solitary bees use small cavities. Want to attract bats to your yard? In addition to pollination, bats also can help by eating insects—including mosquitoes! Bats just don’t live in caves, many species use trees, bridges, or buildings as roost sites. By building a bat house, you can provide habitat for bats in your yard.
Support pollinators! Hummingbirds, bats, bees, and butterflies.
"The poem heard / the poet calling and it jumped."
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 30.
"Tiresome heart forever living and dying, / …I leave you and lock your door."
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 29.
"The wilderness rose up to it, / and sprawled around no longer wild."
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 28.
"each leaf / cuts another leaf on the grass"
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 27.
"But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you"
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 26.
"certain planets will have true / blue skies…"
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 25.
"…This was in winter, a big / night for the stars…"
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 24.
"Skin had hope, that’s what skin does."
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 23.
EARTH DAY. 2014.
For the animal shall not be measured by man. They move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
Henry Beston. The Outermost House. (1928).
"We made in those days / tiny identical rooms inside our bodies" Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 22. #poetry #poetrymonth
"and in the dark sky / the bird’s night migrations."
Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 21.
"Suddenly I understand that I am happy." Celebrate Poetry Month. No. 20.