Tuesday, October 30, 2007

On Heron Pond


“When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be -- I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
~ Wendell Berry

15 comments:

Kate said...

Isabella, That is one of my favorite poems; I love it and always tear a little bit when I read it! Love the man, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Mary Oliver, James Wright, Neruda...I could go on and on! i love poetry and photography almost equally. I also love your photo today.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

Isabella, I love Wendell Berry, and those are some of my favorite lines. Nice choice to go with the photo.

Jules said...

Great poem and great photo - the colours in your blog are always so beautiful !! I can't visit as much as i would like with my crappy phone lines but was great catching up.

Thanks for popping in to rabaul today - I'm so excited my Mum has been able to share all this with me.

Nikon said...

Great shot, Isabella, and the poetry is very good, too.
Is this a Naples shot or Michigan?

slinger said...

me likes! Very nice ,very nice!

Olivier said...

il est beau, il semble serein et tranquille ce héron


It is beautiful, it seems serene and peaceful it heron

Jilly said...

Through your blog I'm meeting so many wonderful writers, Isabella. Thankyou for that. These words are just beautiful and the photo - well I find that exceptional. Perfect peace.

And welcome back to Florida!

Peter said...

Yes, the peaceful life..., however often cruel also for apparently peaceful birds. In the meantime, let's just enjoy your beautiful photo and text!

oldmanlincoln said...

One of my favorite poems and I love your photo with it.

Frank said...

A perfect start to another perfect day. Thanks, Isabella!

Lessie said...

Love the color in the background!

Sonia said...

Delicate and nice photo! Beautiful words, too.

Marie said...

The photo and the poem are very beautiful. I had never heard of Wendell Berry.

Ft. Lauderdale Daily Photo said...

Beautiful heron shot.

BrusselsDailyPhotoByGregous said...

great picture, I like the colors and the wood.