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Springing in

Water dragon.

A Purification
by Wendell Berry

At start of spring I open a trench
in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck;
have listened to too much noise;
have been inattentive to wonders;
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.

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Today is

Inspiration.

Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and in the life to come.

~ Henri Nouwen

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Spring beatitudes

Yesterday moon and clouds.  (A collage.)
Yesterday’s moon and clouds. (A collage.)

The core of the seen and unseen universe smiles, but remember smiles come best from those who weep.  Lightning, then the rain-laughter.

~ Rumi

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Grand opening

The sheltered
The sheltered

The bud itself is the miracle.  To watch the upthrust of a daffodil, to see it take form as a flower-to-be, to see the bud grow and take on the warmth of color — there is the very synthesis of spring.

~ Unknown

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