delicate hints of spring...

without knowing

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quince buds emerge

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while still wrapped within a season of cold

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette once said:

"It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window or one notices that a flower that was only in bud yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer...and every thing collapses."