A warm, wet day, surprisingly winter dark in the mid-afternoon. Our recent rains have dampened the intensity of the drought, although the drought remains significant. The rains have also stripped the leaves from the trees, leaving the landscape in winter form.
The political season seems to have been lengthened interminably, as has the time of Covid. As the pandemic has intensified these past few weeks, our insularity has increased apace. We find ourselves joining the community of those who are mostly separated from family and friends, and who must refuse coveted opportunities to spend time with loved ones.
All of this, along with our collective drift away from kindness and caring, has had the curious effect of leaving me rather speechless. Being thus quieted, I have found doing so much I love, including posting to this blog, almost impossible. For a while I was enjoying having time to read. That gave way to pre-election anxiety, post-polio fatigue, and cataract surgery. The last few weeks have witnessed a remarkable period when reading anything was essentially impossible. The upshot is that I am woefully behind in reading many treasured blogs, books, and periodicals.
The one thing I was able to do was write something akin to haiku. There was a time many years ago when writing haiku was, for me, a sort of journaling process, one I practiced almost daily. A return to playing with the intensity and pictorialism of the form has been a pleasure.
About a month ago we adopted a one year old, formerly stray, female cat. The last three-plus weeks have been filled with our mutual dance of acquaintance. A few days ago she left her suite of tiny rooms and joined us, if provisionally, as we wander through the house. She has clearly had positive living time with other humans, as well as considerable trauma, and the process of working out our relationship is a complex one. We are reminded that so much depends on playing with a lovely, sweet, traumatized cat.
With luck I will be posting more regularly again going forward.
Till next time, may you be safe and well.