Tibby Rothman
Tibby Rothman
March, 2013. A sugar snap pea vine uncurls to grasp a rusted garden fence. So tentative and fragile, it’s hard to imagine that by the end of April the fence
will be all but obliterated in a tenacity of leaves, blossoms and pods.


Kay Ryan, the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, sums up what it takes to tough out life:
From other
angles the
fibers look
fragile, but
not from the
spider’s, always
hauling coarse
ropes, hitching
lines to the
best posts
possible. It’s
heavy work
fighting sag,
winching up
give. It
isn’t ever
to live.



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