Trembling On The Brink

The approach of spring is tentative this year. The fierce cold nights of winter linger in the memory, and even the plants appear to be shy about trusting the sun’s smiling face. Redbuds are braver, flinging a purple shawl across their  naked branches. And the Japanese Magnolia has burst into beauty for a glorious moment before its petals fell. But Mardi Gras has come and gone with no Azaleas to convince us that the spring is truly here. Usually it rather overshadows the delicate appearance of the Dewberry blossoms.

I have noticed lately – as I have walked with Music and Star – that small clumps have pushed through the dry brown remnants of last year’s growth. I have seen the tight pink buds pop forth on the wine-colored vines. These seemed to hold themselves in protective readiness for quite some time before allowing the tender white petals to unfurl. Even then a pink flush hinted at a certain shyness about opening all the way. This morning I took my camera on our morning walk in hopes of capturing their fey-like prettiness as reassurance of spring’s advance. Even so I tremble as I share the fragile proof, try not to move beyond this moment to anticipate the dark sweet fruit to come.

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2 Responses to “Trembling On The Brink”

  1. Kendall Says:

    Lovely picture, Leif, and beautiful words for this day of such horrors on the other side of the planet. Thank you for this encouraging proof that the seasons will continue to turn, and that life will go on, despite climate change, storms, earthquakes, sorrow, and suffering. It is deep comfort.

  2. leiflife Says:

    My personal need was to look as closely as possible at the positive side of nature. It may have been cowardly, but remembering Katrina – and the strange phenomena of sunflowers rising through rubble all over the coast – I sought a similar sign of hope. As usual, I have taken refuge in metaphors.

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