“I am in love with this world.” — John Burroughs
Daylight savings time kicked in Sunday in the Midwest. An extra hour before sunset! I head to the prairie for a late hike in last light.
It’s the last days. Each member of the prairie community seems set apart tonight. Who knows when a prescribed burn will wipe the tallgrass slate clean for another season? The fires may arrive at any time. Until then, I want to appreciate everything I see.
I pick up my pace on the muddy two-track.
It will be dark soon.
Goodnight to the grasses.
Goodnight to the prairie dock.
Goodnight, carrion flower seeds.
Goodnight mosses and lichens.
Goodnight, lingering ice in Willoway Brook.
Goodnight bur oak.
Goodnight to the brambles.
Goodnight to the bridges.
Goodnight to the vines.
Goodnight to the midges.
Goodnight, mountain mint.
Goodnight, houses on the edge of the prairie.
Goodnight to the redwing, singing sounds of spring.
Goodnight to the other redwing, singing back to him.
Goodnight to the brook, running cold and clean.
Goodnight to the bundleflower, reflected in the stream.
Goodnight sparrows everywhere.
See you in my dreams.
The opening quote is by John Burroughs (1837-1921),an American writer and naturalist. Almost every year, a book of natural history wins the John Burroughs Medal, an award given in his honor. For a complete list, look here. This post was inspired by many readings of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown to my children and now, my six grandchildren.
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