“to live a life in clover: to live a life of ease, comfort or prosperity”
the clover on the side of the trail was huge and bountiful green. we look for the bunnies and wonder who is lucky enough to be nibbling these leaves. we ask each other – which clover is sweeter: small-leafed clover or large-leafed clover? we make up the answer and walk on, leaving the field of green, satisfied our clover-knowledge is adequate for the time-being.
we pass the lake, overflowing its banks onto the trail, muddy at our feet and steel-grey-blue out in its depths. goslings follow obediently behind their parents, the beaver makes a rare appearance, cranes soar overhead, fish jump. we stand and watch for a few minutes, quietly taking in the field of water, our breathing slowing.
we walk through woods, verdant green peeking out from every brown corner, the field of the grey bark of trees, oldest, youngest, all climbing to the light. frogs echo from the swampy ponds off the path. we relish the silence.
past the cut-down fields of corn, brown, the dirt lays barren but for old stalks laying amid the former rows. we walk and talk about farmers and crops plowed under and whether there will be planting again in these fields, brown now and corn-green later.
and we know, as we walk, that, despite it all – circumstances of abundance, circumstances of lack – we are lucky. we are walking. we are breathing.
we will walk in verdant green and blue-water and grey-bark-trees and brown waiting-fields. we will walk in rich fields, all golden with life.
truth be told, we are living in clover.