Tuesday, November 21, 2017
i'll see you later
to walk in oak leaves
and watch the brown squirrel
"Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence."
~Alfred Billings Street
Friday, November 17, 2017
autumn seems hungry
late in coming
she is making up for lost time
swallowing up the landscape
and all the while
with her ravenous
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. Places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." ~ John Muir
Saturday, November 11, 2017
walking through the cornfield
at how they danced
(as to an unseen symphony)
the little band of birds
in the pink
they were gone
and i was alone
just a little less
*Witnessing that little band of birds brought this quote to mind:
"To live content with small means,
to see elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich,
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never,
in a word to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common,
this is to be my symphony."
~William Henry Channing
Monday, October 23, 2017
how can i tell you?
it was like
like stepping into
a snowy wardrobe
or falling through
a looking glass
"Alice began to think that very few things were indeed impossible."
~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Susan, about lucy: She thinks she has found a magical land...in the upstairs wardrobe.
Professor Kirke: (eyes widening) WHAT did you say?
Peter: Um, the wardrobe upstairs. Lucy thinks she's found a forest inside.
Susan: She won't stop going on about it.
Professor Kirke: What was it like?
Susan: Like talking to a lunatic.
Professor Kirke: No, no, no. Not her. The forest.
Susan stares: You're not saying you believe her?
Professor Kirke: You don't?
Susan: But of course not. I mean logically it's impossible.
Professor Kirke: What do they teach in school these days?
~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
*There is a bridge called "faith" that some can barely fathom, taking those who dare cross, into a whole new world. :)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
like grief (part one)
i saw niagara
i heard her roar
and tiny were the birds
swooping near the bottom
while her waters
Grief has to be worked through. It is like walking through water. Sometimes there are little waves lapping about my feet. Sometimes there is an enormous breaker that knocks me down. Sometimes there is a sudden an fierce squall. But I know that many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."
~Madeline L Engle
*Those tiny little birds at the bottom of the falls were inspiring. They kept flying in and out of the spray, in and out of the roar, in and out…..
like comfort (part 2)
later that week
in the catskills
mine kill falls
smoothing jagged rocks
into soft round stones
and in her quiet way
she kept coming
“Beauty is essential…..sometimes only beauty helps.” John Eldrege
“As long as i live, i’ll hear waterfalls, and birds, and winds sing.” John Muir
*I’m with you John! (with both of you!) :)
Monday, September 18, 2017
being tired and low
i decided to go
to the rose garden
in the cool of the morning
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature, the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
Friday, September 8, 2017
what is it
the bittersweet sight
of the bittersweet
"Everything is restless until it comes home." ~John Bate
*Recently I have been re-reading the story of the prodigal son. I am reminded again that we have a Father who watches and waits for us; who runs out to meet us and welcomes us home.