Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Twelve Moons of the Year. Hal Borland. May (2)

Significant sentences from The Twelve Moons of the Year by Hal Borland, a chronology of the New England seasons.

"In April, an apple tree is just a tree, but in May it is a huge bouquet.... Individual blossoms are like beautiful little single roses.... The whole tree looks snowy white, though there is still a faint, elusive pinkness to it, even less than a tint." p. 128.

"May just is." p. 129.

"No two springs are exactly alike." p. 129.

"Man contrives machines that turn out countless duplicates, but nature is not a machine."

"Nature is change, constant, unending change within the framework of the familiar, the enduring." p. 130.

"Another May, another spring, eternal but unlike any other spring that ever was." p. 130.

"Dawn: There is neither scurry nor haste at that hour; haste awaits man's awakening." p. 131.

"...halfway to June is a wonderful time to be alive." p. 132.

"...it is hard to think of May without violets." p. 134.

"Blue sky, warm sun and roadside violets are as comforting a discovery as any heart could ask of the burgeoning countryside." p. 134.

"And who can say that his [the jack-in-the-pulpit's] voice isn't heard all through the woodland and across the meadow.... Before he is through there is a veritable hallelujah of blossoming, a glory on all the hillsides of May." p. 135.

"Soon after first light the birds begin to celebrate the dawn, and those who would know birdsong at its best are awake and listening." p. 136.

"This is the sunrise hour, the day's beginnings, when all who know another dimension of time can, for a little while, participate in genesis itself." p. 136.

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