24 September 2009

Theme Thursday-Wild

“When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be -- I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” Wendell Berry

When I am in the wilderness, I feel a connection to the tree torched by lightening or a darkening sky as I walk.



I am wild as I move along the rocks and the red dust covers my clothes.




I am wild as I listen to the silence. I am wild as the leaves of olive trees or aspens whisper in the sunlight.


I am wild as I stand in the shadow of a hoodoo.


I am wild as I find my way home, tired and hungry, knowing that tomorrow offers a new path. Bliss.



More thoughts on Wild here.

PS-Researching this post, I came across the above-noted quote, found it vaguely familiar and absolutely perfect.  I realized a blog I read daily has this quote on its sidebar. Therefore, I must cite where I saw it first. Ruth's blog epitomizes wild in that it captures place, the love of nature, its surroundings and its the ability to offer moments in time and meditation. Take a look.

20 comments:

♥ Braja said...

I loved it...a quiet, grounded peace. I'll go and look at Ruth's, sure...
x

♥ Braja said...

And yep, loved Ruth's...:) Rumi is a favorite, she had me hooked right there :)

Sally's World said...

beautiful words and pictures, i feel peaceful now, thank you !

Ruth said...

Ohh, how nice. Your post is wild and wonderful. We are wild! We just forget it.

Thank you so much. I am touched by what you wrote, and it gives me deep joy.

Tom said...

standing in the shadow of a hoodoo...now that is wild!

Brian Miller said...

great pics...there is a peacefulness to the wild there. i find it every time i step into the wild. love the quote as well, can so relate. happy tt!

Wings said...

Wonderful choices!

subtorp77 said...

CMJ, awesome quote( not in my Dictionary of Thoughts, either ). I like to think of yours as an addition to Berry's. Nice and you've captured the vision rather well :)

willow said...

Love that first dramatic sky pic!

Alan Burnett said...

Some nice pictures there. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Megan said...

Whew, I am on a wild journey tonight, that's for sure.

Baino said...

Amazing how peaceful the 'wild' can be.

C.M. Jackson said...

Braja--thank you for stopping in--I hope you are feeling well --look forward to reading more --best c

C.M. Jackson said...

Braja--

Ruth's blog IS amazing as IS yours;-)

C.M. Jackson said...

Sally- those little moments of peace add up--glad I could help! Congrats on the move--exciting to be going to a new home but the thought of packing and sorting through stuff makes me need to look for more peace seeking quotes;-)

c

C.M. Jackson said...

Ruth--glad you enjoyed. I couldn't use the quote without mentioning your blog--I'm happy that you are happy! --c

C.M. Jackson said...

Tom--hoodoos tend to have that effect on us;-) thanks for stopping by-c

C.M. Jackson said...

Brian--a belated TT to you as well. I think a connection the land is something we all miss in modern life and don't quiute know it until we step out into nature.-c

C.M. Jackson said...

wings, subt, willow, alan, megan and baino --here's to the wild in all of us--thanks so much for stopping by-c

June Saville said...

'Wild' is so precious isn't it?
I hope we all begin to think more about how to maintain the wild precious parts of our world.
June in Oz

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