on / off

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michigan spring is on / off; one day it is snowing and the next day it is uncomfortably warm. we haven’t been outside as much as we’d like because we are all sneezing in a cloud of pollination. still, though, there have been a few good runs in the sunshine, red tulips in the yard, and a meditative afternoon spent trimming the hydrangeas, which felt oddly like an exercise in bonsai.

i look out my office window and notice the swallows have suddenly appeared, making their rapid graceful loops over the green lawn. the red-winged blackbirds sway on the reeds in the ditches by the side of the road. the sky is more blue.

lilacs can’t be far behind.

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