Author Maurya Simon recently published an article on “poets in society” in The Press-Enterprise.

Our hopes are reborn in spring, and as winter’s cold winds morph into April’s warming breezes, we may experience a quickening of our pulses, a lightening of our steps. But have no doubt: We’re aware of the preceding dark months through which we’ve suffered, of the myriad sorrows our nation’s endured during our still ongoing pandemic, with its attendant economic and social upheavals and our personal losses.

But humans are deeply resilient beings, and Californians are particularly adept at dealing with sudden perils and localized crises, whether freeway accidents, wildfires or power outages. Yet, despite weathering hard times, we still turn toward the horizon with hope.