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May 25: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 
The First Green of Spring by David Budbill
 
Our walking in the swamp picking
cowslip, marsh marigold,
this sweet first green of spring.
Now sauteed in a pan melting
to a deeper green than ever they
were alive, this green, this life,
 
harbinger of things to come. Now
we sit at the table munching
on this message from the dawn
which says we and the world
are alive again today, and this is
the world’s birthday. And
 
even though we know we are
growing old, we are dying, we
will never be young again, we also
know we’re still right here
now, today, and, my oh my! don’t
these greens taste good.
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