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Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)
TITLE: The Return of the Stork
By Ken John
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In the thaw the dark winter afternoons begin to lighten and lengthen into airy warm evenings. When the snow is on the melt and the fields are waterlogged with the melted snow, the long, cold, dark nights morph into short warm nights that already lighten in the spring at an early hour, unheard of in winter.
It is in this period of exhausted chill that the morning mist may lift slightly to reveal a ghostly figure now seated in a once empty dwelling atop a chimney or on a lonely pillar out in the fields, broadcasting the news that the large, white, birds have returned on sun-strong wings. Spring's arrival is now announced where all winter long empty nests have been occupied only by the promise of better things to come.
Despite the months and intervening distance separating warm and clement weather from ice and snow, the birds know their place well. They have remembered and have not abandoned their northern homes. They have returned. To be sure, they did leave when the times and temperatures were inhospitable, but at all times they hold their family homes dear in their feather brains.
The wisdom that first takes them on long migratory flights down to the warmer skies in Africa in the Autumn, in due course brings them back. The storks then pick up their lives again in the fields they know, unafraid to be, welcome and at home.
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