Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blowing Onward

Many many thanks for the kind notes after my post last week (Monday) about the fifth anniversary of this little chunk of planet blog. It is good to be here among so many friends and kindred spirits.  Thank you again for being along on this journey with Himself and I, Spencer and the gentle recording eye of my Pentax.

Perhaps such occasions should be marked by something special, a photograph, a painting, a cairn of stones heaped up somewhere in the wilds like an inukshuk, a batch of scones, a cup of tea, brand new right-out-of the box beeswax pillar candle, lighted and sending its radiance and and honey fragrance into the world. The best thing of all is what I did - I went out to the woods and just sat on a rock in the sunlight for an hour or three.

It is always good medicine.  On such ramblings, one watches the great wide world in transcendent flowing movement all around, listens to the wind singing through the bare trees and feels the earth breathing deep and slow underneath the fallen leaves - she sends down roots, harmonizes her own breathing with the breath of the Old Wild Mother and gets back in tune with that Lady's creation. Then she returns indoors and continues going along just as she has so far, but rested, easy of heart, quieter and at peace.

No matter how one felt when she went out to the woods, she returns home feeling refreshed and renewed, bright and shiny as a brand new copper penny. Billy Collins captured the feeling beautifully.

The best time is late afternoon
when the sun strobes through
the columns of trees as you are hiking up,
and when you find an agreeable rock
to sit on, you will be able to see
the light pouring down into the woods
and breaking into the shapes and tones
of things and you will hear nothing
but a sprig of birdsong or the leafy
falling of a cone or nut through the trees,
and if this is your day you might even
spot a hare or feel the wing-beats of geese
driving overhead toward some destination.

But it is hard to speak of these things
how the voices of light enter the body
and begin to recite their stories
how the earth holds us painfully against
its breast made of humus and brambles
how we who will soon be gone regard
the entities that continue to return
greener than ever, spring water flowing
through a meadow and the shadows of clouds
passing over the hills and the ground
where we stand in the tremble of thought
taking the vast outside into ourselves.

Billy Collins
(From Directions in The Art of Drowning)


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Lovely poem and image. I can visualize you sitting on an old rock. In my woods there are old logs and tree stumps, where I sit. Have a peaceful day.

the wild magnolia said...

Reading of your woodland rambles and pottering broadens my powers of observation and appreciation of nature.

Good medicine indeed, I'm wondering why I held back so long. I do return from walking refreshed and "easy of heart".

The poem by Billy Collins gives more words to help us grasp the emotional tie we feel for nature.

Happy day to you!

judy said...

somehow, I missed your 'anniversary' blog.. must have been in a hurry that morning.
So, a little belatedly..thank you for creating a beautiful, safe and sacred 'circle' for us to meet in each morning. hugs, Judy

Anonymous said...

I love the photo, and a beautiful post. Cate, I'm sorry I missed that particular post. I've been hurrying through blogs so fast lately. There aren't enough hours in the day for everything. I'm glad you're still blogging. If I have time to pause at all it's with your blog.

Anonymous said...

You have been an essential port for me in the last few years. Keep going, Cate. Your posts refresh tired souls with gentle delight.