Can you feel it? Do you smell it? There is a subtle shifting going on. The ground is still covered in snow. There isn't a single spring bulb exposed and emerging. And yet...
While clearing a path to the chickens on Saturday I saw gliding on the air currents above me, no less than 6 large birds. I was able to see that the nearest two had white heads and tails. Bald eagles just enjoying the day. Floating over our few acres. The light in the sky had a quality similar to that during a partial solar eclipse and there was a full and amazing ring around the sun. Totally alone, struggling with deep drifts, I nevertheless felt the blessed company of creation not only around me, but throughout me.
Several days ago a friend and I were remembering that last year at this time so many of the summer birds were already here. She promised to tell me when she spotted her first robin. Her email arrived yesterday during an all day snow.
Just when the spirit sags reinforcements arrive.
On this Monday of holy week, days before the turning of the calendar to April, and surely spring, I wish for each of you such reinforcements of the spirit.
Oh, and maybe you'll get a chuckle from this little photo Jerome sent me. I know we have chickens on our minds over here at "the farm", but maybe you too see what we see.