It’s easy for
a solitary tree
to go unnoticed.
From a distance,
it tends to blend
into the browns
of early spring.

But take a closer look
and you find magic.
The sunlight
on the shedding bark
of this birch tree
makes it look like it’s on fire.
Like a butterfly
shedding its chrysalis,
the birch is getting ready
for a rebirth.
And that’s worth noticing.