"The first day of spring was once the time
for taking the young virgins into the fields,
there in dalliance to set an example in fertility
for nature to follow.
Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead
and change the oil in the crankcase."
E.B. White, "Hot Weather," One Man's Meat, 1944
I suppose someone might think that E.B. White was right.
yesterday, Flynn and I did not see even one
virgin dallying about in a mid-March field.
But then again why would they?
Why should they dally
in muddy March fields
when they can dally on a sunny 26° beach
on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario.
Photo taken March 21st.