Spring in the sticks

ground cedar

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
–Robert Frost, “A Prayer in Spring”

gall pond

First day of spring —
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.
–Matsuo Basho (Robert Hass, tr.)


Dead sticks
have no spring


  1. Dave, there is certainly a strange mixture of life and death outside. I had buds coming up on my apple trees, only to be frozen over by the last couple days of snow. This time last week it was 65 F and two days later below freezing. March seems to be the month with the most difficult time at making decisions.


  2. Maybe that’s why I identify with it! The month of facing in two directions at once (much more so than January).


  3. Should’ve done that in five words, I guess:


    Middle picture, Basho: just right.


  4. Teju – Why not come visit, then?

    marja-leena – Thanks! Glad you like them.


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