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CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#003: March, 2007


Ever feel like you are caught up in that slow-motion dream where you are running in place and going nowhere? Do you feel sometimes like you take one small step ahead only to then take two steps back? You are not alone. It’s called life in Springtime.

This is a particularly scary time of year for many folks. In the natural world rapid change begins now. It is a time for awakenings. Whether it be rude or pleasant, an awakening is quite a change, when you think about it. One minute you are in some form of deep relaxation without worry or concern; the next second you are awake and bobbling around for a grasp on your own current r-e-a-l-i-t-y, asking, Where? Who? Whah-tha-heck? It is only after this discomforting momentary lapse of reason that you can then SPRING into action and smell the coffee.

Before one can enjoy Spring “springing,” one must be willing to dig into and open the soil, plant the seeds, water them, and wait. Even doing all of this, some of those seeds will grow too quickly, wither, and die. Many seeds are planted; not all turn into actual plants. And what about that overturned soil, rich with the leaves and organic matter left over from Fall and Winter? Do we toss it or move it to a new garden and till it up for the new plants?

Harder still, what do we do with all that stuff we have Spring Cleaned? Letting go the old stuff can be the hardest part of Springtime. Making peace with things of the past so that one can plant new things and thus move into the future is difficult, but rewarding. Your life will move forward, if you you can dig deep, break open the old, let some of it go, and truly create the space for your life to MOVE. Spring into Spring; it’s just that easy. Yeah, right!

Things are both smaller and faster. We have the iPod mini, the Mini Cooper, and now the Mini Y2K. We can Live and Breathe another day, knowing that our computer clocks were set correctly during the shocking time of the Mini Y2K. (Save the Daylight!) By faster I refer to a prematurity that pervades our planet now. Our lives seem ruled by A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N. Not quite able to Be Here Now, we live anticipating the next big thing, shopping for the next season’s offerings. Isotopes baseball startsApril 5th. (Get your tickets now!) The new and last season of the Sopranos begins April 8th. Lawn chairs, sprinklers, etc. arrived last December, but Dr. Swamp Cooler, aka Jim Belshaw of the Albuquerque Journal, says it’s okay to wait on this task until at least July 4th. To every rule, there is an exception!

In March, supposedly, hares run wild, collegiate basketball bracket madness slam dunks your teevee (Go Lady Lobos!), and with the arrival of green beer (Cerveza verde, anyone?), Spring Break, Easter, and pilgrimages to Chimayo or Tome are not far behind? Heck, the anticipation of catching the Rail Runner at its new Rio Bravo station and riding it to Downtown Albuquerque is keeping me up at night. That and space flights and a COMPLETED Isleta Boulevard and ... Anticipation rules!

We’ve already had a brush fire or two along with the fact that Gusty Winds May Exist on a daily basis in Springtime and a touch of the “new” drought thrown in for good measure. This year we Saved the Daylight three weeks early. It follows then that Spring Cleaning should be already moving along nicely at your house and mine. Keep on SPRINGING.

Jeff Hartzer © 2007






Jeff Hartzer, MEd. presents a unique view of poetry as a magical gift waiting to be opened . Jeff is a poet, writer, teacher, and the Executive Director of the AirDance ArtSpace. ( 1-505-842-9418).

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Written by Jeff Hartzer the Corner Window appears monthly in Albuquerque's South Valley Ink.




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