I was given a lovely gift for my birthday! This is a poem by my friend and co-author Jimmie Bise. He just came off a month straight of writing a poem every day, and I was so honored when I received this from him.
To My Friend, a Scientist, on Her Birthday
You know all things by their names:
Flowers and vines, bristling bushes,
Trees that tower and those that loom.
You see them as they are — their times
And their tastes. You hold in your hand
Healing and harmful, those that cheer
From those that grow the charnel ground.
You know true names of the small plants
Not the hasty nicknames and familiar
Titles passed by passers-by to the young
Along with an equally-hasty story of caution
Or worse, a new legend of calamity.
You know them by root and heart.
You know also the formal names
The names they wear in fibrous bones
When they sit in cabinets and bottles, the
This name and that name. Binomial
Linnaeus-speak. For sorting and science.
That, too, is known in full to you
Who is beauteous soul with rigorous mind.
You call things by their names.
Year upon year you gather the
Whole Earth to yourself, plant and tree
And weed and the crawling and flying things
That flourish where they flourish.
You call them by their names and they
Speak to you in practical, pretty, perfect delight.
Jimmie, thank you. You made me well up with this.
As birthday’s go, I came into this day not expecting much. I planned to just fly under the radar, have a day just like any other day. Over the course of the day, though, there were wonderful things. Jimmie’s poem, which he gave me permission to post. An invitation to be a guest at a SFF convention (more details later!). And best of all! We got an offer on the house, and it’s more than the asking price. We will be making that decision by Friday, waiting to see if we have more offers to decide between.
I get my husband back! We’ve got our future back! I’m giddy with excitement. It was getting worrisome there for a while.