As things start to heat up, Noelle Faulkner ponders the new season and why September is the best month for new beginnings

I've been watching a little shoot grow in my apartment. It's part of a medium-sized bird of paradise that has never shown its true colours. Every summer, I inspect it carefully, looking for a bud, hoping to watch it burst into a magnificent show of pointy flames. It never happens. I've been googling it endlessly and apparently it has needed more sun and more fertiliser.

This little shoot is my new metaphor for life in winter- slow, hopeful. But, along with the increasing  fragrance of jasmine drifting up the street, the warning squawk of the magpie and the rays of sunshine that now stretch into the early evening, the little shoot will slowly starting to unfold itself to greet the season ahead, shiny and new.

The whole neurotic process of my indoor garden watch has had me thinking about new beginnings, the shedding of skins, the making of plans, new starts and new shoots. It's easy to forget when you're in the depths of winter darkness, but however bleak things may seem, the sun will always arise.

It's a strange time in the world as well, with so much injustice, bigotry, homophobia, racism and general awfulness, it seems everyone has some kind of fine-line crack they're trying to keep together, a shadow they're trying to shake or a battle they're vying to win. [*cough* VOTE YES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY *cough*]

It's lucky then, that everything in September is new again and we enter the season with sun-fuelled energy and the best of intentions. As Pablo Neruda famously said, "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."  Maybe you just need a little sun and some fertiliser.

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