Ode to a reticent Spring
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. ”
T.S. Elliott “The Waste Land”
There’s been a lot of memory and desire especially this April. Last year, it was an unseasonably mild winter. Many days it was over fifty degrees Fahrenheit. This year is much different. Winter has been interminable. Spring while officially here, is failing to assume the mantle. While the winter of the bad penny rages on we are torn between the desire for the greener, warmer days and the memory of springtimes past.
But I refuse to allow my melancholy fester into a funk. Or you dear reader, either. So I am posting photographs of a visit I made last spring to the Overland Park Botanical garden in suburban Kansas City.
The park has several paths both paved and gravel. One of the paved paths has a statue garden featuring some notable statues as Michael Jackson, Confucius, and impressionist Claude Monet painting flowers.
A children’s (and Adult children) area features model trains, a caboose, and tiny towns. There are also several quirky aerial statues.
The photos remind me of a warm spring day in the park and the hope that soon it will be warm and stay warm and the park and I shall be reunited……some day.