Lilacs Close-up - May 2012 Trumansburg NY

Buck Hill Lilac Blooms in May

“Recognition:

Spokes on the heavenly wheel
keep rotation constant.”

Rotation of the stars as evidence of smooth progression. Stages of aging. The proper discerning of these transitions is essential.
Recognition is important as we go through our various stages in life, it is necessary to mark the shift. We must understand that we are leaving behind one part of life and entering another.
Sometimes, we mark this with a rite of passage publicly, other times it may be a personal, private declaration.
That is why it is said that one counts the spokes on the heavenly wheel as it turns: it is the measure of our lives.         Deng Ming-Dao

Oh the fragrance of this time of year.   It’s a special time for us, birthdays and death-days converge in a spirit of understanding, remembering and of dreaming ahead.   When I was a child this was my favorite time, when the old giant lilacs burst forth, sharing their special scents, abundant blossoms, silvery purples, lavender blues; oh to gather bunches and place them all around the house.   And so the tradition has continued, spring bringing the flowers, bringing me joy and also the certainty that throughout life, loss and rejuvenation; despite knowing this time is fleeting with this sweet violet smell surrounding us, the delicate four-petaled florets will crumple and fall.   To everything there is a season and a purpose, moments are just that, transitory, to be treasured and then we must realize thoughts of a new day and proceed in order for the cycle to go ’round again.

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