May/June 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 3 Nature’s NatureMay 1, 2019 |

Sufficient Unto the Day Is the Trouble Thereof

Unminded, unmoaned: the mindless lilies of the field: consider their incapacity to consider anything, nematodes and slugs gnawing through their rhizome, the Christ-blood-drops that turned them carmine, or Adonis’s blood, or Venus’s tears, whoever’s sanguineous whichever —  Not lilies at all, botanists guess, but scarlet windflowers, misattributed —  consider how they trumpet at the wind, who have no mind to mind with, no mouth to moan. The morrow shall take thought for the things of itself — can it think, the morrow? Can it know the things of itself? Today the things of myself apprehend themselves, give themselves to their misgivings, ask why all this whylessness. Some dreaded to-come blows its seeds in my face. Fear not, little flock. Do not ye, little flock, dread. Look to the birds of the air, the carrion they smell on the wind that disturbs the windflowers, those that toil not, nor spin, that on the morrow the oven will take as dried kindling. Pa

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