Our Clematis in the front garden, ‘Winter Sensation’ is living up to its name, flowering bravely in the bitter wind and rain that have been our lot today.
Here is my second poem this month – a delight for the senses and the imagination, Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights was written by James Kavanaugh, an American poet and a very interesting man. Click here to read more. I love how ‘sunshine days’ and ‘foggy nights’ are repeated through the poem coming together at the end for that is what a life together is – good days and bad ones – and if you are lucky (or work at it) you come through the foggy nights to share sunshine days. I just love this poem!
I was born to catch dragons in their densAnd pick flowersTo tell tales and laugh away the morningTo drift and dream like a lazy streamAnd walk barefoot across sunshine days.I was born to find goblins in their cavesAnd chase moonlightTo see shadows and seek hidden riversTo hear the rain fall on dry leavesAnd chat a bit with death across foggy nights.I was born to rub my hands in dirtAnd walk green hillsTo plant corn and make breadTo build a house strong against the windAnd to live free across sunshine days.I was born to watch owls in dark forestsAnd hear coyotes cryTo feel trees tremble and the grass sleepTo taste cold air and smell the damp earthAnd watch ghostly shapes disappear across foggy nights.I was born to love a man wrapped in sunshineAnd dressed in fogTo make a pact on a high hillRatified centuries ago by the sunTo walk together through sunshine days and foggy nights.
A few days ago I cooked a recipe from my new cookery book (I collect Cookery books. Even after culling after moving house some 8 years ago, I still have well over 100) The new book is Good+Simple by the Hemsley sisters and their Curry Night Fish Curry was delicious. Tonight we had the leftovers with added peas and spinach and, as is so often the case with curry, the flavour was even better second time around.