I only am left alone

Today is the pagan holy day of Imbolc, celebrating the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s also known as St. Brigid’s Day, and it carries the promise that winter is coming to an end and the green of life will soon return.

It’s a promise that is always kept. You can’t see them in this photograph, but there are buds on that tree. Tens of thousands of tiny individual buds, which are best understood in one of two ways–as marvels of botanical science or as pagan magic. Those buds contain this year’s leaves, made from last year’s sunlight, feeding off the corpses of last year’s leaves and tomorrow’s rain. The beauty of that–science or magic–is staggering. We should all be walking around in a constant state of amazement.

Lá Fhéile Bríde sona duit.

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