Thanks to the tropical storm that didn’t become a big, bad hurricane, we have been enjoying cooler temperatures here in the land of moss and mosquitoes. I awoke to a nippy 62 degrees this morning and couldn’t wait to get dressed, grab my camera and head out for a walk. I felt surely all of nature must be as relieved as I was at the drop in temperature. I didn’t even mind the few initial goosebumps that traveled up my bare shins where my cropped pants stopped short. They soon became a memory as I felt the sun on my face and heard the happy noises of the birds, squirrels and I swear even the sun was singing. Yeah….it’s been pretty hot and muggy the last month or so….
Oddly enough for several nights in a row I have awakened in the middle of the night with my mind clicking along. There have been a few sad events within my family and that of some of my friends in recent months; so it is not unusual for me to instantly begin thinking of these things when sleep fails me. But for some reason a famous poem by William Blake keeps haunting me. So, I am going to print it here, sharing it with all of you, in the hopes that it will resonate. Indeed there is the miraculous within what would appear to be the mundane, the great within the miniscule, and great strength residing in the smallest form. You could say this poem is about contradictions, shadow and light, and choices-always our choices that make or break us. Whether we become kings or jesters, saints or sinners-or both, stand in the spotlight or clap in the wings-all is up to us. Here is the lovely poem by William Blake.
To See a World
by William Blake
To see a World in a grain of sand
and Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and Eternity in an hour.
A Robin Redbreast in a cage
Pus all Heaven in a rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A dog starv’d at his Master’s gate
predicts the ruin of the State.
A horse misused upon the road
calls to Heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
a fiber from the brain does tear.
He who shall train the horse to war
shall never pass the Polar bar.
The beggar’s dong and Widow’s cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
The gnat that sings his Summer song
Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.
The poison of the Snake and Newt
Is the sweat of Envy’s foot.
A truth that’s told with bad intent
beats all the lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so,
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro’ the World we safely go.
Every night and every morn,
Some to Misery are born.
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to Sweet Delight.
Some are born to Sweet Delight.
Today I felt born to sweet delight. I hope you have had the same. Does anyone have any thoughts about Mr. Blake’s poem?
I want to share some of my morning delights with you before I go. Our birds will no doubt go further South for the colder months, but for now they are out of their cool hiding places a bit later in the morning and I have been capturing their beauty with my electronic eye.
Lovely Blue Heron was on my side of the lake today, affording me a rare closer than usual vantage point.
Until he flits across at the sounds of passing traffic. Still close enough for good shots though.
Sometimes I prefer the stark honesty of a black and white photo. I think he looks reflective, don’t you?
Today there were two. A white heron was also tripping around the lake, enjoying the cool morning breezes.
It had just landed behind that oak tree.
And what have we here? It is my most precious Australian Black Swans, coming around for a visit.
The sky was clear and the sun lower than usual, making it easier to capture some nice shots.
It was as though they were trying to make it up to me for those most miserably failed earlier attempts to capture their magnificence. Or perhaps they were just as curious about me as I was about them.
I just felt truly blessed for the moments.
We mustn’t forget out lovely Canada geese friends.
And the duck dance was the Encore!
Birds, birds everywhere….I just love them. I think this one really expresses my own sense of Autumn joy as well as the colors of the season.
Happy Monday everyone and may your week be full of warm, cozy things.