Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Of restoration and uncertain harvest

Just had a week in the Pacific Northwest, a nice break from work and snow. All the spring flowers were out there and I long to draw and scratch some, but the book is beckoning to be finished.

The mudslide in Snohomish county, WA (about 45 minutes north of Seattle) has me grieving for the community. Washingtonians are made from tough stuff; keeping up on the news of recovery has me daily inspired. The clean-up is grim though; indeed, they have uncertain harvest in their future. One victim described the devastated area as not even a junkyard, but more like a landfill.

This morning, I pause to hear the hope of spring in our birds and send strength to those in the search efforts.

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

—Robert Frost, excerpt from "A Prayer in Spring"

Wild cherry, Oregon grape, rhododendron,
taken on the University of Washington's campus


Unknown said...

Lovely thoughts on the Oso landslide, Claudia. What devastation. Glad to hear the first responders have back-up now - after a week-plus of searching they have got to be spent on all fronts.

Claudia said...

Thanks "Ben" (wink wink)! Can't imagine picking up the pieces after that, especially if you lost someone dear.

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