Colour on a gray, wet day

Colour on a gray, wet day

Far from frail, puny or shrinking, these resilient pansies and violets thrive in nasty November.
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Optimism

BY JANE HIRSHFIELD

More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam returns over and
over to the same shape, but the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the
light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another.
A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers, mitochondria, figs—
all this resinous, unretractable earth.

"Optimism" by Jane Hirshfield, from Given Sugar, Given Salt. © Harper Collins, 2002. Source: The Writer's Almanac.