A Song of Spring

The arrival of spring brings with it a cautious sense of renewal this year. With the increasing availability of the coronavirus vaccine and a presidential administration valuing public health, science, honesty, and compassion, one might begin to imagine our lives transforming into something recognizable.

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Looking around my yard — just beginning to awaken from a long winter — I found myself reflecting upon a few lines from “Auguries of Innocence” by the mystical (and arguably iconoclastic) Romantic poet William Blake:

To See a World in a Grain of Sand

And Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour

Although it might be some time before those of us acting responsibly begin our gradual reemergence into the world, we might find consolation and hope in living signs of the infinite. When spending time in a backyard, garden, or park, look around. You might find yourself surprised by how close eternity sits.

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