Clinging

Field bindweed

Yesterday, after several solid months in Massachusetts, I commuted back to New Hampshire to teach a summer school lit class at Keene State. Last summer, several large construction projects changed the face of Keene while I was away, but this year, those construction projects are long completed. For the most part, the Keene I returned to yesterday looked pretty the same as it had the last time I was there more than a month ago. Last year, a field bindweed clung to the fence outside my favorite abandoned factory; this year, field bindweed is clinging to the same fence, but the factory is gone. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Bindweed on chain-link

Initially, I’d complained about the chain-link fence they erected around my favorite abandoned factory, seeing how it cut off one of my favorite short cuts into town. But it seems this field bindweed is rather fond of the fence I’ve never fancied.