Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

spirit of place

 My neighborhood book group met last night.  It was a cold walk though the stars and moon lit the sky.  Talk is often of the local wildlife, who has seen a bobcat, coyote or fox, and the rare mountain lion sightings are also shared.  I've lived here 34 years.  This is my place.

Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron

Out of their loneliness for each other
two reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurch
forward and become suddenly a life
lifted from dawn or the rain. It is
the wilderness come back again, a lagoon
with our city reflected in its eye.
We live by faith in such presences.

It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
"If you keep faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is."

~ William Stafford ~

(on a plaque in Portland's City Hall, for Portland's city bird)

(The Way It Is)
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