Friday, March 29, 2013

Wild Geese
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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks

But if the vision was true and mighty, as I know, it is true and mighty yet; for such things are of the spirit, and it is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost.

So I know that it is a good thing I am going to do; and because no good thing can be done by any man alone, I will first make an offering and send a voice to the Spirit of the World, that it may help me to be true.  See, I fill this sacred pipe with the bark of the red willow; but before we smoke it, you must see how it is made and what it means.  These four ribbons hanging here on the stem are the four quarters of the universe.

  1. The black one is for the west where the thunder beings live to send us rain;
  2. The white one for the north, whence comes the great white cleaning wind;
  3. The red one for the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom;
  4. The yellow one is the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fortune's Rocks

This is a photo of Fortune's Rocks at Biddeford Pool, I grew up in that area.  Sunday morning, March 17th, Saint Patrick's day I woke up early and took some pictures of the sunrise.  The pinkish middle line was very striking between the blue sky and gray sea.  I wanted to use the rocks as a visual complement.