The Many Small Details

 

The seasons change in an alchemist’s patois – using a language that is rich in subtleties and mystery.  It is a sum of transmutations that have been distilled in an earthly alembic ever since the world spun itself into existence.

The change is as delicate yet invasive as a drop of paint falling into a bowl of water, spreading in a fading bouquet of coils and tendrils.  The cusp between seasons is a time of winsome details, tiny births and hushed deaths.  There is an anthology of detail to regale one of what is to come, a silent speech of promises to be fulfilled once the threshold is crossed.  This new dialogue, rough and poignant, contains a revelation of detail that curves into being every three months.  It begins with a change as delicate as twilight dripping into dawn, as elusive as the stars twisting into a new formation.

It is on a periphery, a borderland familiar yet altered, a soft and gradual rift.  If one is clever enough to look and see, to gather together the many small details like a bouquet the change does not go ignored and Nature’s herculean sweat will not be wasted.  Nor will go unheeded the four conversions of the year: fraught with as much magic as a forgotten chemist’s lab, hung with colored glass, philosophies and saucers of bubbling gold.

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3 responses to “The Many Small Details

  1. I love the thought of a bouquet of details. Happy spring to you — may all your details be beautiful!

  2. I am so glad we are enjoying a real spring here on the left coast: cool temperatures, gentle sunshine, trees in bud and bulbs suddenly sprouting into flowers. And yes, lots of wind. In previous years, the weather would leap from bitter cold to fierce heat and sweaty afternoons. I can remember running home on those days to frantically throw off the sweater and jacket I had put on that morning and rummage around for a pair of shorts and a tank top. Here’s hoping spring sticks around for another month!

  3. Spring magic, oh yes! (Still waiting for it here…) Happy Spring, Aubrey!

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