Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Easing the Spring

I think it may be time to take stock. This is a euphemism but it’s the most I feel able to say right now – a clear indication that it’s time to shut up for a bit. Spring is certainly here when even the weather admits it and the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough. Well, it sings on the apple tree. It really does – my neighbour has taken up bird-listening and can identify one twitter from another. Even so, perversely perhaps, I feel inclined to go inside and shut the curtain. I speak in metaphor, you understand, for I do like being outside now and have no intention of shutting out the lovely light. Euphemisms and jaded metaphors from a Sign-reader who likes to call a spade a spade – yes, definitely time. I have, in any case, nothing to declare (apart from the fact that my nails have grown as I've stopped biting them and I went and had a manicure for the first time in my life, nothing special but now they are very shiny). And, you know, life and stuff.

But I have been working on poems and sent some off, and I am shortly to visit my friend, Ms Far North, in Scotland, where we will be doing and talking about The Writing because that’s what we love.

Be seeing you – if not sooner, then later. For, as my great-aunt Lina used to say: “Unkraut vergeht nicht” – I won’t bother to translate, everyone has Babelfish these days after all, but the gist of it is that weeds, like old soldiers, don’t die. So I'll be back.

Take care, y’all.


Kahless said...

Have a great spring break my friend. And happy writing.

cusp said...

I don't know...just as I'm coming back you're off. Ships in the Spring.

Hope the rest does you good and your nails are like Glodene White's (Barry's wife) by the time you get back. (You can Google it)

Love Cusp

Collin said...

Safe journey and best of luck with the new writing. :)

Digitalesse said...

I've never had a proper manicure either, but one day I just might.

Enjoy your trip to Scotland and please bring me back some Edinburgh rock.

Gael said...

Enjoy the stock-taking. Personally the phrase has too many memories associated with late nights and the joys of working in retail, but I understand you work with rather different stock.
Enjoy Scotland

Minx said...

Take care, there be dragons in the Great North!

Reading the Signs said...

Thank you for your good wishes, good people.

I am back from the North. It was lovely there.

Too knackered right now to say much more.

That's So Pants said...

Hi Signs

I'm a bit late in catching up with you - have not been near the internet all week - hope it's going well



Reading the Signs said...

Hi Pants