Ever had one of those days when it seems that all machinery is out to get you, all electronics are conspiring against you and the world in general is having a laugh at your expense? A bit like this:
The washing machine ate my jumper
The computer just wouldn’t play
The shower packed up
And the car broke down
What the heck’s going on today?
There are jewels in the lavender.
A flock of greenfinches are
Intent on their fluttery purpose, they are
Stripping the heads with glee
Soft jade among the amethyst.
We watch without breathing
And then suddenly
They are gone.
Everyday magic both, but one definitely preferable to the other. I try and take mental snapshots of moments of wonder like these on sunshiny days; then when everything is going pear shaped they help to remind me that things will get better. Along with a little cathartic swearing and a nice cup of tea, they’re a good way of restoring balance.