Monday, September 2, 2013

Our place

Note: The quotations in this post are from the poem, “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver. To read the entire poem, go here.



“Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.”

 
Snake skin left behind in our yard.
 
Yellow leaves among the green.

Blue feather left behind in the yard.

Raindrops on blades of grass.

A bit of moss.

Bloom.


“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.”




What helps you feel connected to the rest of creation? How important is it to you to feel connected?

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, Tina! Mary Oliver's words make my heart sing. :). This is perfect for Sunday night, and yes, it is very important to me to feel connected to other people and to our natural world.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I know you're a big fan of Mary Oliver, too. :-) She makes my heart sing, too.

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  2. Oh Tina this is what has always connected me the exact same things you have photographed those little things that may be overlooked by a passerby. Love the connections created. Hug B

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    1. Thank you, B. The little things do it for me, too.

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  3. blogland keeps me connected these days - to places i'd have never imagined.

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    1. Thanks, T. Isn't it amazing how the bloggy world can connect so many of us who never would have "met"? I learn so much from my blog friends.

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  4. Looks like you have plenty of beauty in your world!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I walked around my yard and found so much there.

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  5. And I heard the geese flying over in the night and this morning so your post fits right in. A Nice variety of photos to go along with your poem.

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    1. Thanks, Red. I would have loved to have heard those geese!

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  6. If we don't feel connected to something - no matter how small - then life really would be lonely.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Lonely, indeed. Other people, animals, nature--I do believe we do ourselves good to recognize the connections.

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  7. What a thought provoking question - I have never really been connected to nature in this way. I have enjoyed it, and think most of it is absolutely beautiful, but I never thought that I was a part of it.

    Hmm ... you've given me something to think about!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. I am feeling more and more connected to nature the older I get. And I think part of it comes from my having pets.

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  8. Beautiful photos, Tina! That snake skin is something I never see in Montreal. Thank you so much for sharing a tour of your area!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I don't like seeing snake skins in my yard, because that means snakes have been around. :-) But they have a place, too.

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  9. Oh wow..that snake skin is quite a sight!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I couldn't even look at it at first when my husband told me he found it. Then I got closer to it and looked at it. And before I knew it, I had my camera out. :-)

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  10. Oh I just love moss. We have some growing between the bricks on our walkway and I love to look at it. Pretty pics!

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    1. Thanks, Sunny. I enjoy it, too--the green color and the soft look.

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  11. Interesting that you use the image of wild geese here. I love seeing and hearing geese in the sky. We have a lot of wild geese around here and I'm always watching for them.

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  12. Interesting that you use the image of wild geese here. I love seeing and hearing geese in the sky. We have a lot of wild geese around here and I'm always watching for them.

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    1. Thanks, Galen. I wish I had had a photo of geese to share with it the poem. I love the image of the wild geese crossing the sky.

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  13. Ok, no likey the snake skin, egads! I do love the flower and the moss-
    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Terri. I didn't likey the snake skin either. :-) I made myself take a picture of it. I'm so afraid of snakes, and I'm trying to get a little more used to the idea that they are out there and a part of nature.

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  14. I love your examples of the changing seasons; the raindrops on the grass is cool and I had much rather see a snake skin than one in person....

    I have a strong need to connect to the world around me and I have really enjoyed my experience in the blogging world. I have met so many wonderful gals and it's great to be invited into their worlds.
    I am so glad to have met you; I really like your thought provoking questions....

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I'm glad to have met you, too, and to read your wonderful blog. Blogging has been such a blessing to me, too.

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  15. tina, these are really beautiful!! you have been bitten by the shutter bug!!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I truly have been bitten--I'm always taking pictures now!

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  16. We have a pond out back. I love to sit on the patio with my morning tea when the weather is nice and watch the geese and hear the mourning doves. It's a great time to pray and meditate! We're moving into my favorite time of year, now...

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    1. Thanks, Jean. Your morning routine sounds wonderful and peaceful. Fall is my favorite time, too.

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