March, 2013. A sugar snap pea vine uncurls to grasp a rusted garden fence. So tentative and fragile, it’s hard to imagine that by the end of April the fence
will be all but obliterated in a tenacity of leaves, blossoms and pods.
Kay Ryan, the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, sums up what it takes to tough out life:
SPIDERWEBFrom otherangles thefibers lookfragile, butnot from thespider’s, alwayshauling coarseropes, hitchinglines to thebest postspossible. It’sheavy workeveryplace,fighting sag,winching upgive. Itisn’t everdelicateto live.