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Old 01-08-2019, 08:01 AM   #461 (permalink)
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The Stone of Heaven

Here, where the rivers dredge up
the very stone of Heaven, we name its colors—
muttonfat jade, kingfisher jade, jade of appleskin green.

And here, in the glittering
hues of the Flemish Masters, we sample their wine;
rest in their windows’ sun warmth,
cross with pleasure their scrubbed tile floors.
Everywhere the details leap like fish— bright shards
of water out of water, facet cut, swift moving
on the myriad bones.

Any woodthrush shows it— he sings,
not to fill the world, but because he is filled.

But the world does not fill with us,
it spills and spills, whirs with owl wings,
rises, sets, stuns us with planet rings, stars.
A carnival tent, a fluttering of banners.

O baker of yeast scented loaves,
sword dancer,
seamstress, weaver of shattering glass,
O whirler of winds, boat swallower,
germinant seed,
O seasons that sing in our ears in the shape of O—
we name your colors muttonfat, kingfisher, jade,
we name your colors anthracite, orca, growth tip of pine,
we name them arpeggio, pond,
we name them flickering helix within the cell, burning coal tunnel,
blossom of salt,
we name them roof flashing copper, frost scent at morning, smoke singe
of pearl,
from black flowering to light flowering we praise them,
from barest conception, the almost not thought of, to heaviest matter,
we praise them,
from glacier lit blue to the gold of iguana we praise them,
and praising, begin to see,
and seeing, begin to assemble the plain stones of earth.


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But the world does not fill with us,
it spills and spills, whirs with owl wings,
rises, sets, stuns us with planet rings, stars.
A carnival tent, a fluttering of banners.
Love this one today. The stones are beautiful.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:37 AM   #465 (permalink)
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Waking up this morning, I see the blue sky.
I join hands in thanks.
For the many wonders of life.
For having twenty-four brand new hours before me.


~Thich Nhat Hanh

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I do not have to go
To Sacred places
In far-off lands.
The ground I stand on
Is holy.

Here, in this little garden
I tend
My pilgrimage ends.
The wild honeybees
The hummingbird moths
The flickering fireflies at dusk
Are a microcosm
Of the universe.
Each seed that grows
Each spade of soil
Is full of miracles.

And I toil and sweat
And watch and wonder
And I’m full of love.
Living in place
In this place.
For truth and beauty
Dwell here.


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Old 01-14-2019, 05:37 PM   #469 (permalink)
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I presume that is a hummingbird moth..I have never seen one but must read more about them. I would love to see one.

Thanks HP, for even more enlightenment.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:48 PM   #470 (permalink)
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It is one, Ann. I've never seen one either.
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Believe more deeply.
Hold your face up to the light,
even though for the moment you do not see.


~ Bill Wilson - cofounder Alcoholics Anonymous

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That is one of, if not "the" most favourite prayer of mine. Thank you.
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Simple and doable. I love it.
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What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness!

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Wow, that writing would inspire anyone to follow...and that it was written by Helen Keller makes it even more special. With her blindness and deafness, she still could "see" nature through her other senses. What an inspiration.
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Thought today I'd post a taste of the tropics, here in the middle of our northern hemisphere winter! The picture is a Thai market, not a Jamaican one, but I was so taken by the idea of a floating market that I had to choose that picture...

Jamaica Market

Honey, pepper, leaf-green limes,
Pagan fruit whose names are rhymes,
Mangoes, breadfruit, ginger-roots,
Granadillas, bamboo-shoots,
Cho-cho, ackees, tangerines,
Lemons, purple Congo-beans,
Sugar, okras, kola-nuts,
Citrons, hairy coconuts,
Fish, tobacco, native hats,
Gold bananas, woven mats,
Plantains, wild-thyme, pallid leeks,
Pigeons with their scarlet beaks,
Oranges and saffron yams,
Baskets, ruby guava jams,
Turtles, goat-skins, cinnamon,
Allspice, conch-shells, golden rum.
Black skins, babel - and the sun
That burns all colours into one.


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We need the tonic of wilderness, to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.

At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.


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Love the Mink.

Once every five years or so I spot one on the river bank. So tiny, slinky, exquisitely industrious.
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I have never seen one in the wild, bim. I envy you your mink sightings!
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