Archive for February, 2011

Hushed by awe

What was it in the sweep of the sky, the giant outcropping of rock, the sassafras leaf in my hand? I did not know, but I felt hushed by awe and a quiet joy.

— Avery Brooke



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Winter castle

Where is that gentle wind


the precious



What snowy hill

will the jewels of ice


My eyes only imagine

the outcome —

pristine arrangement,

a delicate winter castle

of reflected light

befitting a queen —

my heart enthroned


— tau January 2011

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The world in a grain of sand

To see a world in a grain of sand,

and a heaven in a wild flower,

hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

and eternity in an hour.

— William Blake, from “Auguries of Innocence”

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Care and be cared for

The world is not divided into the strong who care and the weak who are cared for. We must each in turn care and be cared for, not just because it is good for us, but because it is the way things are.

— Sheila Cassidy

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Joy comes from simple and natural things,

mists over the meadows,

sunlight on leaves,

the path of the moon over water.

Even rain and wind and stormy clouds

bring joy,

just as knowing animals

and flowers

and where they live.

— Sigurd F. Olson

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Hope never stops

Hope is the thing with feathers

that perches in the soul

and sings the tune without the words

and never stops at all.

— Emily Dickenson

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Ask for help

So often, we believe that we have come to a place that is void of hope and void of possibilities, only to find that it is the very hopelessness that allows us to hit bottom, give up our illusion of control, turn it over, and ask for help. Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope.

— Anne Wilson Schaef

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