The sea

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

The sea is a mirror, not only to the clouds, the sun, the moon, and the stars, but to all one’s dreams, to all one’s speculations… . The sea tells us that everything is changing and that nothing ever changes, that tides go out and return, that all existence is a rhythm.

~ Arthur Symons, In a Northern Bay, 1918


Grasses at sunrise.

There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

~ Terry Pratchett

a dumb experiment


…We listen to words
so we can silently
reach into the other.

Let the ear and mouth get quiet,
so this taste can come to the lip.

Too long we have been saying poetry,
talking discourses, explaining the mystery outloud.

Let us try a dumb experiment.

~ Rumi

autumn day

meadow dance
meadow dance of change

the winds bluster and gust
meadow grasses shimmy and sway
gray dimness overhead
the kingfisher has returned

The hummingbirds have moved on just as the kingfisher returns.  I saw him at lunchtime, diving into the water for fish.  He makes a big splash for such a short and stocky bird.

The kingfisher is a bold bird that fishes for a living.  It is often seen flying along ponds, streams, and rivers.  It will dive headlong into the water for small fish.  Its ability to draw life out of the waters to feed itself reflects the kingfisher’s ability to stimulate new opportunities for prosperity.  Often it requires that you dive headlong into some activity, but it usually proves to be very beneficial.

If a kingfisher has come to you, prepare yourself to dive into something new.  Have you been avoiding the new?  Have you been afraid to take the plunge?  Are you needing new warmth?  Don’t worry.  If a kingfisher is around, you won’t drown.  In fact, you will find that, as a result, you will have new sunshine and prosperity unfolding within your life.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak