"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

From Shadow To Light

For the south Indian tropics, there is no Spring.

The seasons are marked instead by the arrival and departure of monsoon storms.

In the more temperate climes of New Mexico, winter has reduced the trees

To stark architectural forms.

The transition from short days

Long shadows

And meshed skies

To lengthening light

And nature’s gentle reawakening

Brings relief and delight.

Returning to New York

I find it transformed to a City of Blossoms

Scents and Shadows

White blossom and caged shadow.

But despite the beauty of Spring and sweet melancholy of Autumn, just a few days of winter is enough to remind me why I choose to live in the lush and sultry sunlight of Malabar.

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