WPC: Between II

Ants crawl between the buds of this Trumpet Vine.

Ants crawl between the buds of this Trumpet Vine.

 

“Betwixt and Between” is one of our favorite expressions.

To us, it means being  “in process” and not quite finished with something.  As in, “Betwixt and between re-working the deer fence, I chatted with our neighbor.”

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Were you in my English class, I’d patiently explain that “Between” is a preposition, and must never fall as the last word of a sentence.

It is an expression of position, and only has meaning in reference to other ideas.

See the Bald Eagle visible between the trees?

See the Bald Eagle visible between the trees?  It was chattering to its family this afternoon as they flew over the marsh.

 

As in, “Between a rock and a hard place.” or perhaps, “Between you, me, and the cat….”

So “Between” expresses relationships.

The sun setting, between its zenith and the western horizon.

The sun setting, between its zenith and the western horizon.  In case you’re wondering, this is a very healthy crop of poison ivy growing between the trees.

 

Come to think of it, don’t we live in a state of, “Between?”

What are you “Between?”  What processes are unfolding in your life?

 

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Gardeners live in a constant state of “Between.”  For us, process is continuous. 

The Silver Lyre fig, which died back to the ground over the winter, has begun to grow.  This will grow to a 20' tree... eventually.

The Silver Lyre fig, which died back to the ground over the winter, has begun to grow. This will grow to a 20′ tree… eventually.

We are “Between” seasons, or “Between” harvests.

Sometimes we are “Between” planting and blooming; or “Between” blooming and dieing back.

These vines grow in the spaces between the Earth and Sky, on a tree growing between others in this bit of woods.

These vines grow in the spaces between the Earth and Sky, on a tree growing between others in this bit of woods, between the Colonial Parkway and the river.

 

“Between” is a bridge, a connection, and a journey.  It separates, even as it connects.

 

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And sometimes, it delights.

 

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Between can be the “long and winding road” which takes us along in life to unanticipated pleasures and unplanned achievements.

 

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After a long stretch of “Between,” sometimes we look around and realize we have arrived at a new place- a place of beauty where we can catch our breath for a moment, before starting out on the next leg of the journey.

 

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May you walk in beauty

between here and there;

now and then;

between this breath and the next;

this you, and who you are becoming.

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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Between

 

WPC:  Between

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “WPC: Between II

  1. I surely believe, at least once, I have landed in Between.
    The Land Of Honey, in other words. 😉

    A nicely done prayer/wish to end this post;
    betwixt sticks and stones and
    flowers grown by gnomes.

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