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summer, so far

August 23, 2013

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it’s become clear to me, this summer, that nature is where i am happiest
i am not a city dweller, i am a country girl
it’s in my bones, it’s where my heart softens
and my need for silence and nature
is as deep as my need for air and water
i know this because my body tells me
it calls me back to the path in the woods
again and again

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
― Mary Oliver

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2013 8:10 am

    ♥♥♥

  2. diane permalink
    August 24, 2013 6:29 pm

    extremely beautiful. all of these. and i almost forgot about whittling.

  3. August 25, 2013 10:00 pm

    I love Mary Oliver. That is the poem that was decorating my old notebook. It is the poem that I share with my students every semester. So. Good.

    Your photos are so beautiful, I have missed them and your words. I was happy to see you in my RSS feed today. I just got back from vacation…so it was a gift! xo

  4. September 2, 2013 2:09 am

    oh, i love the photos from our camping trip!
    and im right there with you about nature (you know it)
    worlds smallest gang

  5. September 10, 2013 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous photographs!

  6. October 27, 2013 6:45 am

    It was so lovely to meet you yesterday – thank you so much for coming to The Photo Hunt! Have just been snooping around your blog – absolutely love it! The pic of those pigs is TOO cute! x

  7. October 27, 2013 6:47 am

    It was so lovely to meet you yesterday – thank you so much for coming to The Photo Hunt! I have been having a little snoop around your blog – absolutely love it! That pic of the piglets is TOO cute!

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