before things get better,
they just get so much more

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spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk6And sometimes,
when that thing that you thought was
the problem
finally begins to loosen its grip
and melt away,

and you start to feel that you simply cannot wait another moment
for the sweet relief of change,

you stop to survey the situation
and discover

that things actually look worse now

than they did before.

spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk7You start to realize that even if you ever do finally get rid of that brutally cold mountainous mess

spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk4you’ll be left with a flat, dead, muddy, brown one.

And at least the cold mess was sometimes pretty to look at.

So you feel yourself turning around,
heading inside,
bracing once more for the endless struggle.

But then,
over there,
on that the corner up ahead,
you spot a trickle,
just a tiny stream

spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk3

– could it be? –

And you follow its path and begin to see it pool,
and flow,
and gain momentum.

spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk9And then you take a breath
and look to the sky,

which, you notice,
does seem brighter,
and bluer,
and fresher
than before,

spring mess - shorts and longs - julie rybarczyk5and you wonder

if new life might
really be
just around the corner.



Here’s to the second day of spring, friends. And the muddy, magical, emotional roller coaster that lies ahead.


1 Comment

  • Laura

    This sums up the situation so perfectly.

    Also, I adore the word “fresher.”

    What could be fresher than this: all our bugs are dead, thanks to this brutal winter.



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