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我家后面的小河边有延龄草。在傍晚的灯光下,白色三位一体的柔和欢乐,散落在作为郊区和仙境之间边界的山坡上。孩子们跨过小河里的原木,树枝像桨一样举起,在涟漪的水面上轻声唱歌。“划船、划船、划船,轻轻地沿着溪流向下...” 当小河弯腰穿过树林时,我高兴地走过树林,刚进入树叶,在昏暗的光线下闪闪发光。

我想起另一个我,在更严酷的二月阳光下行走 —— 游行 —— 穿过山毛榉树林。她焦躁不安,渴望回家,渴望亲人,在教堂里唱歌,和朋友一起篝火。我想告诉躁动不安的人,“看!参见-延龄草。本土花卉。新的季节来了。” 我经过一对夫妇栖息在倒下的原木上。她正在哺乳婴儿;他用一种我不懂的语言对她说话,然后她向后扔头笑起来。我想知道它们来自哪里、什么时候,他说了什么让她发笑。一位年轻女子站在对岸,透过树林可以看见。她高大直立,黑发长在肩膀下,橙色的纱丽在树叶里发光。我想知道她为什么祈祷,或者为谁祈祷,或者她是否只是花点时间静止不动,才能安宁。高中生走过我,步态快速我试着对她微笑,但她避开了我的目光,石头般地盯着前方,双臂交叉在她短款顶部的胸前。我想知道她的世界有多沉重,与她所支撑的东西相比有多沉重。延龄草在傍晚的微风中摇摆。延龄草可能需要数年时间才能开花,一旦被采摘,就不会有其他延龄草在其位置生长。我想知道这些延龄草已经存在多久了,它们来自哪里,与他们现在准备来到这里的情况背道而驰,又高又直立,新季节的哨兵,头脑被风的笑声抛回去。

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. After seminary she served as the pastor of Second CRC in Grand Haven, Michigan, before moving back to her native Southern Ontario where she is currently serving as Interim Pastor of Preaching and Pastoral Care at Community CRC in Kitchener. 

8 Comments

  • Daniel Meeter says:

    Thanks so much.

  • Joyce Looman Kiel says:

    Beautiful and full of memories for me.

  • Tom Boogaart says:

    The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12.

    Yesterday I was hiking in Michigan’s Leelanau peninsula and happened upon a manifestation of trilliums covering the forest floor as far as the eye could see. It seemed a portal to another world, a remnant on this threatened planet of the Garden of God.

  • David Hoekema says:

    A lovely evocation of a northern spring!
    But you didn’t have to run off to Canada for trillium — we have an ever growing wild garden of trillium and May apples and even a few — remembering with thanks your time in Grand Haven I’ll call them Jill-in-the-pulpits.

  • Noreen says:

    Thank you for this poetic meditation. Wonderful.

  • Henk Ottens says:

    Well said and evocative. Thanks, Laura. Like David, we, too, have an abundance of the trinity plants, including red ones and even one erect yellow.

  • Jack Ridl says:

    You took me away to where I belong and invited me into the whole sad, joyful, and beautiful world. The poem moves along the same as the walk. Thank you.

  • Dave Tanis says:

    Thank you for sharing Laura. Beautifully said.

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