when I finally hand off this work to some one else,
they will think:
This is impossible!
Unless they know about my secret,
bountiful basket of helpers,
It seems almost,
always that as the critical moment draws near,
is conjured like by magic:
the class is taught,
the books are finished,
the trip succeeds,
the potatoes are planted,
the campfire is lighted,
does its task and burns to coals,
the tools put away
the sheds shut and locked.
Who does these things?
my beautiful friends and neighbors.
and you Wind,
and you small Creatures of the compost,
and you Cedar Wax wing who sang to me today.
My Mom ended up in Germany
in a Displaced Person's camp after WW2.
It was a small town called Muenster bie Dieburg.
They spoke a dialect of German called Meunstrich.
She told us a saying they had there:
The dishes are washed,
the geese are fed,
The cows are all milked,
So, we have done some good work.
Let's go on to the next hill and valley,
the next dawn and nightfall,
with a good heart.
You are all invited to the Summer Solstice gathering
of Riverbank Neighbors (a part of Waters School!)
at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 20, until dark,
at "The Farm" 2549 West Hutchinson,
for Pot Luck food and drink,
sharing of news and stories,
and general falderol.
Maybe we'll have a walk by the river
to see what secrets and gifts she will reveal
to a quiet and appreciative guest.
Please join us on Tuesday,
and again on Wednesday for garden night,
5:00 until dark,
Save the Date: Monday, July 24, evening, Half Acre Brewery on Lincoln.
It's a fundraiser for the continuing work of the Riverbank Neighbors,
building, planting, weeding, watering, collecting seeds, sweating,
chipping, getting to know each other, and making the river's edge more and
more beautiful all the time. 21 years old+, time TBD. Details to follow, but you can definitely count on cold beer, finger
foods, and MUSIC.
With great affection,