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Yesterday I read Sally Donnelly’s post about choosing a color to represent this time. She quoted an artist who represented the 9/11 tragedy with the color blue. Read her post here.

I started thinking about the color I would pick, and it has to be green. This is the time of year when green appears in all its amazing shades in my backyard. The cypress trees are bursting with a bright neon green.

Looking up through the cypress trees

Live oak trees lose their leaves in the spring as new leaves emerge.

Grandmother Live Oak bursting with spring growth

I am passing my stay-at-home time on my back deck, listening to wind chimes and watching for the occasional boat. And sometimes a poem comes. Using Irene Latham’s prompt from Laura Shovan’s #Waterpoemproject, I wrote this quick ditty.

Bayou Side

Buzzing
Hovering
Fat hungry bumblebee

Roaring
Speeding
Wave-jumping motor boat

Paddling
Parting
Water-whispering canoe

Sparkling
Greening
Spring-loving cypress trees

Margaret Simon, draft
“water-whispering canoe”

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Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life March Challenge

On Sunday, my husband rescued me from one of my greatest fears, a snake in the house.  Little did I know while I was at choir practice, a ribbon snake was dancing in my laundry room.  After church Jeff told me how he came upon the small snake while putting the sheets in the wash.  He threw the pile of sheets onto the snake and took it all outside, shaking the snake out into its natural world.

I said a prayer of thanks that I was not at home.  Snakes freak me out.  They always have.  I can’t even look at a picture of a snake without cringing.

Fast forward a few days and I was outside walking my dog Charlie.  I sent my husband this text.

Yes, I had stepped right next to a snake in the grass, jumped, screamed, and ran.  I did also lose bladder control.  Yikes!

When I calmed down, I googled common Louisiana yard snakes and found the speckled king snake.  These are good snakes, if there is such a thing.  They are nonvenomous and eat other snakes, including venomous ones.  Good thing I left him in my dust.

Later I received a response from Jeff.  He usually keeps reports of snake sightings to himself, protecting me.

Nevertheless, I am putting off any yard work.  I think I’ll leave the snake handling to my brave husband.

 

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