Naming Our Universe

Desperately seeking signs of spring — we trek towards sand and shore — Looking everywhere for spots of color until we find lavender hellabore

We glimpse these blossoms sprouting from amidst the roots and leaves — White, pink, and purple blooms shoot out from amidst deep, dark earth

We learn hellabore belongs to the family of lustrous ranunculous — how we Learn to live in the world by giving flora and fauna names, words fill my

Universe — words allow us to speak and to remember, to seek and to create, To rejoice and to feel the universe in its deepest simplicity — later I read that

Hellabore is sometimes used in witchcraft to summon demons and on this Clarion April day I crouch down to take pictures of what is new, beautiful.

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