Grow. My early morning inspiration at the newly painted over Collinsville Dam

Even the teen graffiti artists know growing is a good idea.

Made to last, these nests, and new buds emphasize this admirable quality. (A 420 character 9-liner)

Last year’s nests attest to the skill of their creators.

Many withstand harsh winters &,

like us 70-year olds in Yoga Barre class,

don’t look the worse for the wear:

the Red-eyed vireo’s tidy, hanging cup w/ birch bark & wasp paper,

the Robin’s mud-liner rough jumble of exterior twigs & bark, & this?

Goldfinch? Solid,neat, plant fiber build w/ thistle down lining,

its base on a branch, & poop on the nest edge!*

Lasts!

PATTY

* I’m not really certain this is a Goldfinch nest, but I think Carduelis Tristan is the only open-nesting songbird that does the let-the-feces-stay-on-the-doorstep thing. I wonder what they think of people who don’t heed the pick up after your dog signs?

Marching kids give me hope, just like that yellow-spotted salamander slithering over snow to get to our vernal pool & his girl friends. (A 420 character 9-liner)

Marching.

Eloquent & sturdy kids are signs of hope.

A renewed energy for the moral & physical health of our country.

We need signs, just like the 1st Peoples who breathed a sigh of relief

when they heard Wood Frogs quack-quacking,

watched Mourning Cloaks flutter out from under the loose bark of the Hickory,

spied the bright red & yellow epaulets of returning Redwing Blackbirds:

signals that a tough winter was over.

Marching.

PATTY