Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The dark! The dark!
I wonder what fall was like before daylight savings time. It would have arrived graduaally. Now, it's a think, black curtain across the night so that one night I come outside after work into the dark. I think about fires in fireplaces, buckets of coal, heavy cloaks, pea soup fog. My fingers and toes are cold all the time. But at the same time, as I said in my last post, I anticipate the long quiet season when I get to read many books. I'm enjoying the speed with which my Kindle lets some of those books appear in my life, although it's tempting me to read before my time really allows. Here's a blast from my past: I used to order seed catalogs about now every year. I spent my time in the dark days dreaming over possible summer flowers, ones with haunting names and strange colors and shapes, ones with evening scents to attract hawk moths, ones with secret flowers but large and flamboyant fruits. Gourds were always on my lists, but the one time I really grew them, they disappointed. Unlike their vigorous cousins the squashes, they damped off, died of mosaic, died of mold, just had no real urge to live. I always imagined that all the plants I planned to order from the seed catalogs would spring into life, pushing aside any other plants to overtake all and bloom extravagantly. But most of that explosion was in my mind on dark evenings of winter.