Spring time. Can you feel that in the air? You should get out there more, Lilly-Anne. It’d be good for you. It’s not so scary out there…. Here, let me tell you what I saw last night.
It was above freezing, kinda balmy. Everything was so still, it was all scent, the Earth coming alive after winter’s hibernations and contemplations—so much time and so much cold and so much darkness in winter, and your thoughts swimming slowly around each other like drugged fish in the depths of a cold murky lake, slowly slowly circling as the frozen water stretches toward them, isolating your slow fish thoughts until they’re the only thing left in a cold pool of freezing water, that’s winter…and now comes spring.
Feel it with me, the way you don’t need thoughts anymore, because all is action, the Earth springing up out of the Earth, life and freshness, birth and growth. Everything waking up, unfurling even at night, spring is unfolding and the Earth is getting out of its head, out of its cave of shadows—that’s what my home feels like to me sometimes, a cave of shadows…and then spring comes.
So I wanted to tell you what I saw last night, so you’d know it’s not so scary out there: a skunk! Simple, scampering, black and white, didn’t look like it had a care in the world, didn’t look like it cared if I was there at all. The first skunk of the season, out of its winter den and off to explore the world….
Listen, Lilly-Anne, this year I’m going to spend more time out of the village. It’s too cramped here. I want to be around people, around life. Not just life on the lake—birds migrating through the pines, the return of the bats, a skunk—but human life, culture and concerts, philosophy and political action and poetry and rock and roll. I like this place, our village, but I think I need more. The skunk just makes it look black and white right now: I need to explore more.
But that wasn’t the point. The point is, Lilly-Anne, I don’t think the world is as scary as you think it is. There are monsters, sure, but there are also heroes…and there are skunks…which are pretty cool to see scampering along the snow banks, so I’m just saying you should get outside this spring. I’m gonna be splitting from this village, and you should do some exploring, too.