Rose Colored Morning


Song and Dance number in five…four…three…


The morning dawn was like something out of a classic Disney animation. The sky was pink with the early rays of sunrise. The air was lavender with mist. The green, green grass was glittering with dew. All the rose bushes were in bloom and all the citrus trees were in fruit. All that it needed was a chorus of talking animals and singing birds to perform a musical number. Considering the number of hummingbirds in the neighborhood, it was probably only a matter of time. Incidentally, living beneath a hummingbird swarm does not sound quite as pastoral as one might expect: it sounds like a dogfight performed by miniature TIE fighters. 

The neighborhood also seems to be home to any number of small furry animal familiars just looking for a princess to choreograph their numbers. Earlier in the week I crossed paths with a white and brown dog wandering through the streets: I presumed it to be an escaped pet. Shortly afterwards I crossed paths with a domestic rabbit with nearly the same coloring and markings hopping casually along the street. On other days there have been racoons and opossums and a small, disorderly herd of cats. 

After the years of drought and the weeks of rain, the city feels more than a little bit like a kingdom that has been freed from a curse. I look at the hills from the window of the bus to see a dense froth of green undergrowth on every surface where once there were only weeds thorns and struggling, barren trees. At the same time, it feels too good to last: how will all this growth stand up to the inevitable blaze of summer?  Are we moving into a season of abundance or will this dry up just as quickly as before?  

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 9, 2017.

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