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Yesterday I saw new leaves on a tree for the first time this season.

I first saw buds on trees in December, but yesterday, with the evening sun low in the sky, shining out from behind the clouds that had rained mist upon the afternoon, I saw tiny leaves shooting out from all the buds of a small tree in the sideyard of a rundown apartment building, catching and spreading the day’s last light in a bloom of bright green.

Hail Spring!