Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I like a messy drawer that is not quite perfect

I Like a Messy Drawer

I like a messy drawer
and a toolbox within easy reach
as well as a freshly made bed in the morning.

I like my tea with honey, and 
some flavored cream
I like to leave my flip flops in the living room 
when I come in

I like to write, paint, and sing
sometimes off key 
to my chagrin!

I like make up, laughter and crackers
whole wheat, please
and I like soft blankets and 
babies and their right to sing.

I like fresh air, car rides, 
shade and more shade on a hot day
the sound of the ocean and 
the crashing of waves

I like finding a nickle on the floor
or under my pillow 
I like unexpected kisses
and a call from a distant friend

I like FB friends that call me 
nena, chica, y querida amiga
I like people to expect the best of me
to not be biased by past mistakes

They believe in me.  
That an innocent remark
was made in love but maybe 
I don't know how to make this work.

So yeah
I like to pray 
I like roosters on my drives
I like enormous long lasting rainbows
Rainbows close and even those far away
Those in the morning 
and those in the evening when I am about to go home.

I like colors on flowers
I like colors on butterflies
and lines
I like that God loves me
and every hour.  

and I like you! 
You with your crinkled nose
like me, 
you with your extended arms running to me, 
you smiling the biggest smile while sitting on the hammock.
Yeah, I love you, too.

                                                                            By Elba Vazquez Morales

God bless and have a good day! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bloosoms around Maunabo

Barrio Emajagua, Maunabo. The road that leads to Villas del Faro is a treasure trove of beauty.  There is one lovely lavendar bush that I have yet to learn it's name.  But soon and very soon I hope to find it out.  As for the remaining pictures on this post I was happy to find the name of this tree with streaming tiny pink flowers.  It is the Cassia tree, specifically the Cassia grande, often called the Pink Shower Cassia or Coral Shower Tree.  Where I was driving they were having a spectacular bloom up and down the road and in the hill sides.  They were breathtaking really.  What is funny about these trees is that they have the scrawniest trunks.  They look like a bunch of twisted skinny sticks all bunched together and often hosting a big ball of a "comejen" , which is a type of termite.  Throughout the year these "wild" trees which grow everywhere simply provide shade and oxygen.  Of course that is enough but then comes SPRING and they take out their gala clothes and the whole world seems transformed.  I am so glad I captured these shots because the bloom I understand does not last long but internet pictures are forever!  Some what.

Where did I find my information?  First I consulted my reliable book Tropical Trees by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves.  Then I continued online at the GRIN Taxonormy for Plants at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?9340