Fox sat on the fence,

Reluctant to jump and run through one field or the other,

Afraid to forgo

The mouse in the patch

He’d never have time to explore.

Crow flew on by with a wink and a grin and a crackling cry to his fellow,

“Fox, poor old Fox, don’t hesitate thus,

The moments, you know, are so fleeting.

Your passion will wilt,

There on the rail,

For your want of the courage to leap.

Swat doubts clear away from the choices that sway

Temptingly close to your muzzle,

And, pray, pick one field or t’other.”

Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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