by the freeze and thaw of the soil.
Green blades and mixed grasses are paths for the ants
And the thatch for the birds building nests
Rosette of the mullein I open to find
A sensuous insect within its soft cupped leaves.
It is spring and I plant my thoughts on paper in a chair
And dream of tornadoes full of flowers.
— Ken Lassman
Ken Lassman is the author of Wild Douglas County and Seasons and Cycles of the Kansas Area Watershed. He also writes a daily column on what’s happening in the natural world for Z’s Divine Espresso in Lawrence, and a monthly column on seasons and cycles for Blue Sky, Green Earth.