The First Signs of Spring : A new beginning? – Ink on a watercolour Moleskine

The view from my back garden to Platt Hill shows that the distant trees are beginning to thicken near their tops. There is even some fresh colour in these nearby birches – they are always the first to bud and bloom. There is a renewed racket from the rooks in the tall elms nearby as they begin to roost in the same branches they have used for years.

Robert Burns, whose 250th birth anniversary is today, used “The Tree of Liberty” as a vehicle to forecast new hopes for man. The first line
Heard ye o’ the tree o’ France,
is attributed to the ideals of the French Revolution , (Liberte, egalite, fraternite).
Towards the poem’s end he writes:

Wi’ plenty o’ sic trees, I trow,
The warld would live in peace, man.
The sword would help to mak a plough,
The din o’ war wad cease, man.
Like brethren in a common cause,
We’d on each other smile, man;
And equal rights and equal laws
Wad gladden every isle, man.