Terry Wilmarth

Terry Wilmarth
Urbana, Illinois, USA
October 27
Computer scientist, writer, hiker, knitter, gardener


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MARCH 11, 2011 11:36PM

I bought you green bananas

i bought you green bananas so they should be ripe when you return

and a big bag of apples, pink ladies, you love the ladies

and a gallon of milk

but i forgot to get granola, that's okay, we'll make it through

we have honey bunches of oats

the flavor you… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2010 8:24PM

In Situ

In this hollow of the night, we have woven a space of air, with the low hum of the fan in the window, the lazy spin of the one above, the faint light of the lamp and the continuous, changing ribbon of sound that crickets make. We are at the brink… Read full post »

  not really a lavender moth...

it was spring when they fell fell fell from the sky all in one day bringing their messages to the earth a soft falling snow of white whisper-thin membranes drifting slowly down with a pattern of dots just barely dark enough to be read so many messages so… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2010 2:02AM

Immortality, revisited

This is a repost of a previous post I did for Father's Day a couple years ago.  Why some things always have to feel like they just happened yesterday, I'll never know.  Miss you Dad.


Mossy Trees


I am trying to sort out the memories, all the little bits and… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2010 6:13PM

Post-work Unwind

  The Balcony

Forget the commute -- straight to the driveway and into my spot under the tree.  Survey the yard: what are the birds up to? what's in bloom that I didn't notice before? -- hauling my backpack and gym-bag around my own yard, listening to sweetsweets and teacherteacherteachers, peer… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2010 3:17AM

Return of the natives

Well, not everything is a native, but we're doing our best.  Inspired by what we find out in the wilds of Illinois, we've been adding native plants to our yard, mixing them with the existing landscaping.  I've been waiting all winter and hoping against hope to see what made it through. … Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2010 2:53AM





As you faded out, the scene played out in your eyes, danced across the
screen of your face.  You gathered up the last of your breath, the
last bit of strength you could muster and took a step forward.  The
knotted roots at your feet did not trip you up.  Another… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2009 3:38PM

Breakfast for sick people

This isn't exactly dripping from the pages of Gourmet or anything like that, but when you're sick, you can't appreciate much in the way of fine cuisine.  Your tastes take on a simpler focus: nourishing, sweet, and preferably, hot and steamy.  Given my somewhat addled state from sickness, me… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2009 10:34PM

Life and Love on the Tallgrass Prairie

Early Summer

I grew up in the rolling wooded hills of western New York State, and spent my youth wandering trails and canoeing lakes and channels, so it comes as no surprise that I have a natural tendency to prefer that sort of landscape.  Our homestead was located on a ridge… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 15, 2008 8:22PM


I am trying to sort out the memories, all the little bits and pieces of
the past that contain any elements of my father. I have been trying to
do this for the seven years since his death, and though I have wanted
to write about him in/… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2008 9:27AM

Behold the Power of Naga Bar

For some, chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. The lady at the
local chocolatier's shop recommends one piece of chocolate a day, "like a
vitamin". For myself, I love chocolate and even consider myself a bit
of a chocolate snob, but if given the choice between chocolate and a
good curry,/… Read full post »