1. Walk into the woods. Find a leaf. Maybe it’s long and slender: a birch leaf, or a willow… Tuck it behind my ear, the way some people wear a pencil.
Wear it all day.
2. Put on a spring coat, even though it’s fall. Walk slow along the sidewalk, watching for pebbles that gleam in the light… Also, feathers. Acorns. Furred green moss.
Fill my pockets.
Wait for spring.
3. Find a park bench in the woods. Lie down on it.
Do nothing for at least half an hour.
4. Go down to the river. Kneel at the bank and cup a palmful of riverwater, reflecting clouds.
… The sky in my hands.