[So I've been neglecting this blog dreadfully, and I would like to announce now that I plan to neglect it for another 2 weeks and then resume being diligent about writing. I have stuff to figure out that belongs in a journal, and places to go that do not have internet (i.e., the beach).]
In the mean time:
I am watching the buds escape from their wooden prisons, the slim ends of the tree-branches. They poke green faces into the cool moist air. Soon the leaves will unfurl, and cover the tree's nakedness. The sun is warm these days, though the wind is still cold: I know spring is here, even though hundreds of spiky seed-cases still decorate the entire tree, like dangling Christmas ornaments.