Posted by: jeannineatkins | June 17, 2008

Summer Spells

So on Sunday night Jo jbknowles pressed her nose to the screen door to hear crickets and her cat and maybe smell the basil, and I felt like I was near as she left thoughts of the asparagus patch and started tapping out her revision. I, too, could almost hear her husband reading A Wrinkle in Time and their son asking questions on this early summer night, and soon I was thinking about ways we live with and leave what’s before us. We can see through a door or a window or a little frame we form with our hands.

I know that novel Jo is revising is beautiful, though I haven’t yet seen a page. Right here, right now, that’s where we start, and today for me it’s on the porch smelling the husband-cut grass, wondering if I should clip off the dried-up iris blossoms, but just watching a bee circle white stalky flowers and the yellow day lily opened. I know there’s stuff outside this frame. Where is the bear I saw two weeks ago? Will the phone ring? Will I answer? Never mind. I literally put the tips of my thumbs and two fingers together, stretch my arms, and look through the diamond-ish-shaped frame. Here is where I am: grass, bees, white blossoms. My not-great-but-could-be-worse back on the wicker chair. Casting a spell to be in this moment and maybe passing along that casting, as Jo did for me, as I tap out on my laptop just what I see before heading to my home away from home in ancient Iraq. Chapter four, if you must know.

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Responses

  1. You created the scene beautifully, Jeannine. I’m totally with you in the grass, bees, and white blossoms.

  2. Thanks, Dina. Looks like another beautiful day — to avoid the coffee shop.

  3. Yeah, I’m trying to do a little writing now–out of guilt and deadline pressure, if nothing else, and then Shel and I are going to play hooky and go bike riding.


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