Wednesday, August 03, 2005


This is the modern physical and spiritual discipline of the day, stooping down and individually picking up leaves, one at a time. Of course, the fact that they're loquat leaves, as large as tobacco leaves, practically large enough to shelter an entire family, means that this is not a discipline of fine discrimination. How many loquat leaves does it take to fill a yard-waste bag or a compost pile? Not many. We'd never choose to plant loquats, but we don't get rid of them, either. The honeybees flock to them in the fall when other sources of nectar are not plentiful. If these leaves are left on the ground, they curl up and can hold enough liquid to constitute a demi-tasse of coffee or to engender flocks and flocks of mosquitoes.


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