Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maine is Not

Maine is not Arizona.

It does not have saguaros and ocotillos and cacti
You cannot wear flip flops all year round.
You cannot grow oranges in Maine.
There are no nectar feeding bats in Maine,
and the fragrance of creosote bush does not perfume the air after the rain.
There is no song of the desert toad singing its wild mating cry during the monsoon.
In Maine there are not ten kinds of hummingbirds flying around.
In fact, in Maine, only one species is found!

Maine is not sunny, day after day after day.
Maine is not flat and dusty and dry,
Maine is not landlocked.
Maine is not predictable,
Maine is not tame.
Maine is not crowded or bustling or boring.
You cannot escape nature in Maine.
You cannot drive very far in a straight line,
and in Maine, “You can’t get there from here.”

In summer you cannot stay outside too long because of humidity, mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks.
In winter you cannot stay outside because of snow and ice and below zero temperatures
with high, gusty winds to drive the point home.
Maine does not have rattlesnakes, scorpions, or tarantulas.
Maine does not have Spanish style houses.
There is no place else like Maine.

Maine is not Arizona.

~Kathie Adams Brown (April 1, 2015)

Messalonskee Lake in Maine 6-23-14

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