Wednesday, July 09, 2014


Just imagine as you look into this photo......I was standing in the silence and fading light under a canopy of trees when the last rays of the setting sun settled, for just awhile, on this lovely Leopard Lily. The lily was just available to reflect the light. And I was available to notice.

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."

When I Am Among the Trees...from Mary Oliver's Thirst: Poems

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