Word of the Day: Catkin

cat·kin /ˈkatkən/, noun:

1. a long cluster of small flowers hanging from the branches of trees (particularly deciduous, e.g., hazel, willow or birch) in the spring

But suppose the endlessly dead were to wake in us some emblem:
they might point to the catkins hanging
from the empty hazel trees, or direct us to the rain
descending on black earth in early spring. –

And we, who always think of happiness
rising, would feel the emotion
that almost baffles us
when a happy thing falls.

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875 – 1926