Wandering Down the Latitudes

…..”to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring–

afraid, yes, but among you again
crying yes risk joy

in the raw wind of the new world.”

~Louise Gluck, from The Wild Iris

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We were driving back from the south side of the White Lake Channel near Wabaningo Station when I spotted an entire dune covered in white. We still have drifts of snow in shady areas but I knew this snow was nodding on the wind. The entire hillside was carpeted with ‘Snowflakes’, Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum), and ‘Snow Drops’, Galanthus (Snowdrop; Greek gála “milk”, ánthos “flower”).  Emily Dickenson was scratching at the back of my mind and while searching for her words I found others;

 

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As if some little Arctic flower

Upon the polar hem–

Went wandering down the Latitudes…

~ Emily Dickensen

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