SOL 8/15 Sweet Taps

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Drip… drip… drip.

Music to a syrup maker’s ears.

Taps are in. Sap is flowing;

spring has arrived

to central Maine.

Early spring is one of my

favorite

times of year; yet most folks miss it.

Not those who tap trees though.

We don’t miss it. We savor

it

for the sweet sap that early spring brings.

Sugar maple, Acer saccharum.

Such a beautiful and majestic tree.

Tapping them is such a fun thing to do.

Eleven Sugar Maples in our sugar bush.

Snowshoes on, pails and drill in hand.

Even though

sparkling

glittery

snow is still on the ground

and icicles still

cling to roof tops,

winter is losing its grip.

Hats and mittens are off

as we walk from tree to tree.

Drilling,

tapping.

And soon, Oh so very soon

sap will boil.

And with that boil comes the

MOST

Amazing

Smell.

The maple sap boiling smell.

Early spring is here.

Let the sap flow,

boil,

turn into liquid gold.

Pure

Maine

Maple

Syrup.

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7 thoughts on “SOL 8/15 Sweet Taps

  1. Thank you for the picture of of maple tapping. It reminds me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book when they tapped their sugar maples. I am inspired to make pancakes for maple syrup. Do you make maple sugar candy?

  2. Lovely, and so evocative. I would love to experience maple syrup making some day. I remember reading about it in school when I was a child. It always sounded sol thrilling!

  3. I especially like your last 4 lines…giving each word its own line because each word is so important to the process.
    I also like the sounds you included. I think I need to make me some pancakes soon but only if I have real maple syrup!
    Thanks for sharing your poem!

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