Spring 2015 and a Plum Blossom Snowstorm…..

Crabapple/Peach Tree in back yard, Spring

Crabapple/Peach Tree in back yard, Spring

Spring has sprung, but it is tricky.  Two weeks ago we brought home 5 baby chicks….two days old, and they are all doing well in a box in a bedroom, sounding like little aliens with their strange chirpings during the middle of the night.  I worry that they aren’t getting any sun but there is a light that is on 24/7 over their crib but it isn’t sunlight.  It’s too cold for them to be outside yet, and I did gather them together last week when it was warm and took them outside.  Shepherding baby chicks is a bit like herding cats and I fast learned  they had plans of their own.  So back to their box they went and tomorrow I will put them in a ferret cage (sans ferrets) and at least they will have three stories to run and play.

Today we went and bought 6 fruit trees for a small orchard in the middle back of the property.  Just about the only place where grass was lush and growing, but it was the best place for the trees:  2 Arkansaw Black apples, over 8 feet now, two Fuji and two plum trees.  I miss my plums the most.  A few years ago the 15 year old plums tapped into the sewer system and cost us a bunch of coin.  They had to be cut down.  They were the first of the fruit trees to show blossoms and the first to lose those blossoms.  But they are now back and we have great hopes they will give us those luscious purple fruits.

Lady Nyo

 Plum Blossom Snow

The present snowstorm of

White plum blossoms

Blinds me to sorrow.

They cascade over cheeks

Like perfumed, satin tears,

Too warm with the promise of life

To chill flesh.


Rude Spring

 Sharp brittle wind

Sails like clipper glass

Cuts the skin razor thin,

And flays off winter.

This spring can’t wait.

It lies,

Promises comforting warmth

Yet delivers a numbing cold-

Too much in love with winter still.

I hear the laughter in the pines.

They moan  an evil chuckle.

No matter.

This argument will be over

Once the earth

Pirouettes on point.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2015

Tags: , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Spring 2015 and a Plum Blossom Snowstorm…..”

  1. TR Says:

    That is so wonderful, the chicks. I hope they are well. I love plums and how wonderful to surround yourself with nature. xx


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi TR! The chicks are doing well…growing fast..with new feathers…now they look like miniature chickens….but small. LOL!

    The plums…I am still acking from the planting…though my husband did most of the work,….I tried to use a pickaxe. LOL! It got me in the ribs….sore.

    I think surrounding yourself with nature is the only antidote to humanity.

    Love, Jane


  3. TR Says:

    Oooo, sore ribs, not fun, take care. Glad to hear the chicks are well and growing! xx


  4. ladynyo Says:

    they are feathering out….and about three times as big as they were the first week. Sweet little things and the perfect babies for Easter season….but all babies are.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: