Sunday, July 13, 2014

A favorite poem....

One of the sweetest sights for me is a child being introduced to nature, in a way that makes it a fun outing for both child and parent and I see many parents doing exactly that when we visit this place.  We came across one such family on Saturday.  I will be resuming our holiday photos shortly but wanted very much to share their photo, and the poem.  It looked as though that sweet little girl had just learned how to run, and what fun it was to see her joy and that of her mother.  Daddy was already several steps ahead with the family dog but he soon turned around with a big smile, waiting for his little girl to catch up.  They were heading into the park and we were on our way back to our car, and it had been another great walk at Huntley Meadows.

When I Am Among the Trees
Mary Oliver

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."