Sunday, July 30, 2006

Coming to Ours Senses

"... as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save."
-Mary Oliver, "The Journey"

Another beautiful sense filled day in Prospect. A walk with the Bergamasco Boys and Edward, smelling wild roses and salt air, enjoying the sun and warmth. One neighbor waved hello as she puts out the laundry. (We put out our laundry when we can.) And another neighbor came out to give us a recipe for rhubarb jam. (We make jam when we can. Why not? It tastes better when you make it yourself.) When we got home we made up a batch of sourdough buckwheat and cranberry pancakes with yogurt and syrup. (The sourdough starter was from another neighbor, thank you, Brenda! I should have taken a picture!) So it was that kind of a Splendid Day!

I've also been able to change the header of this blogspot while keeping the overall template and that has been quite a serious html undertaking, I can tell you. Of course I had to get some help with it, Thank you gtd wannabe and purelocke.

"The time will come
when with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.
-Derek Walcott "Love after Love"

A very good day, had by all!


Anonymous said...

I love those lines - I have just written them down to send to a friend for her birthday.

I like these glimpses into your art and beaches and mind. There is a haze on the kootenay mountains today, but I just spent a week at a group meditation retreat in the forest - and there is still a stillness and spaciousness and soft tender heartedness when i look out on my world. Aren't we lucky?

Lani said...


JosCrazyOwl said...

Lani, I, too, love those lines. Understanding giving your heart back to itself, and knowing yourself to be the stranger who has always loved you, and knows you "by heart", is one of those profound recognitions which deepens the sense of who I am.

Lani said...

Thanks Jos!