"Daffodils That come before the swallow dares,
and take The winds of March with beauty; violets, dim,
But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, Or Cytherea's breath."
It is the perfect weather for a short after work ride. Bathed in unseasonable warmth, I leave the house in a short sleeved jersey despite the wind. She is strong, but her breath does not chill today, only modifies my already leisurely pace. No need to hurry. I will not be rushed.
Purple, faint, almost imperceptible, yet not imaginary, begins to tinge the unplowed fields, fields that later will be burgeoning with corn or soy beans or hay. I know these flowers whose tiny petals compose the purple mist on the fields. Not their names, but I know them well. The bees love them, and I think of how the bees strongly objected when I would clear them to make way for planting in our garden. I still see me, running in the house in a panic, a bee tangled in my hair, seeking clear skin for the bite, me yelling for my love to save me before that happened. He would crush it between his fingers, taking the sting for me, vowing to get rid of the bees, his second love, until I could cajole him into keeping them, for despite the occasional sting, I loved them too. Mostly I loved how he hated anything that caused me pain.
The Easter flowers are up, bright yellow, raucous, curving a smile to my lips. They are early this year, and it is rare to get to enjoy their beauty while being warm and in short sleeves. Yes, they "take the winds with beauty," almost dancing in what seems to be glee that the season is changing. My wheels seem to know the way to where they lay, their beauty a balm not just for my eyes, but for my soul. Oh, the places our bicycles can take us. The things we notice that go unnoticed when we are in a car. Sometimes I wonder, is it the speed or something else that makes us miss or disregard the beauty that surrounds us. Or perhaps it is just me and others notice the same things while riding or driving in a car as they do when on their bicycles.
This week-end the time will change and there will be more chances for after after work rides, for longer rides without the press of darkness. And I smile.