939. Silence is the universal refuge… ~Henry David Thoreau

When I am alone I can become invisible.
I can sit on top of a dune as motionless as an
uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned.
I can hear the almost unhearable sound
of the roses singing.
~Mary Oliver

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You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free. Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
~John O’Donohue

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. ~Matthew 11:15 (ESV)  ✝

15 thoughts on “939. Silence is the universal refuge… ~Henry David Thoreau

  1. Such a beautiful photo, the rose reaches out of itself to share it’s beauty, splendid in it’s perfection, and accompanied with the wonderful poem by John O’Donohue, what a perfect start to the day. Thank you Natalie.

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    • Thanks, Teri. And you are so welcome! I absolutely love this rose and have two in my yard. So I frequently take her picture. And I adore John O’Donohue’s writings. I’m so glad my posy and his words were a perfect start for your day. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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    • Odd that is right! Today as I was finishing up in the yard, I kept hear these birds and trying to see where they were. I love the sounds of birds. I had worked in silence most of the time I was out there and it’s such a delicious time. My mind stops all it’s churnings and I’m fully in the moment. It’s like a warm, comforting blanket wraps around me. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤


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