Spring Rain and Young Lady Ferns

May 26. 2017

We have had a spate of rainy days in this season when “all danger of frost is past” (or so we hope).  It’s hard not to feel disappointed after having waited so long for real spring-like weather to wake to yet another day of rain and intermittent showers.  At the same time, though, it’s clear that the abundant moisture has been good for the plants. The sugar maples are spreading their tender hand-shaped leaves wider and wider. The mature clumps of lady ferns extend long, graceful fronds ever higher while new individuals sprout up all around. This wet world can feel quiet and subdued, but it’s beautiful and glows with life.

Countless tiny ferns
arching over rain-soaked moss—
Green, this air I breathe.

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