Friday, February 23, 2007

cherry, violets, beaks and buds

A flowering cherry enlivens a day of damp and drab weather.

An uncared-for front garden boasts, among weeds and junk, a generous cluster of violets.

It is tempting to apply the adjective "intelligent" to the beaks of birds. They possess a potency of their own, a capacity to unravel problems. In a different way, I am tempted, to day, to see "intelligence" in the green, pointed buds of daffodils, as they probe the air, testing it for Spring.

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