Despite the thick glaze of frost on my car windows this morning, I was able to find proof that Spring finally sent the Winter packing.
Despite my pollen allergies, I ducked underneath the branches and climbed a few feet up into this tree. The light played hide and seek with the clouds which caused the creamy pink and white hues of the flowers to undulate according to the degree of direct sunlight available. Several people passed by on their morning constitutional. Some were walking their dogs. The humans had no clue that I was sitting above the ground concealed within the tree by the dense mantel of luscious flowers. But the dogs all stopped in front of the tree and swept the air with their intelligent snouts. I was relieved that they stayed on the sidewalk and did not bark. I did not want to be discovered.
Trudging on auto-pilot
Through the shopping mall
Furtive glances at the travel pros wares
Blue seas of lapis and emerald-green
Smite me into reveries of flight and self-preservation
Flee and live or stay and wither to inertia
Glossy, glazed paper offers white ships
Cutting silently through the depths
Close-eyed participation synchronous
Sucked-flat lungs finalize realization
Of action once consigned to the realm of “I Can’t”,
Yet buried deep into my heart like Tosca’s dagger
Up and disappear, my desire, so long unsung and blind
No travel guide, no GPS, no itinerary required
Just GO and ACT….
Easy for you to say
I squelch the inner/auto/futile arguing
The pros are my red corpuscles and the cons third-party unthinking
Babes no longer, they fly to their prizes in the world
Scuttle my chattels, pack one bag and flee
Without a whisper, nary an exhale of my air to alert the border guard
Consider no reasoning, no second thoughts
Ticket in hand, away, away, to the sea
On vacation until death us do part.
I often take brisk walk during my lunch break. The windows of office building are all locked up tight. The air is stale and recycled. Airplane air. To purify my lungs I retire to a small stand of these gorgeous trees nearby and inhale for all I am worth.