Posts Tagged ‘nature’

The nature of things

November 4, 2014

Nine days ago my wonderful, beloved uncle died of cancer. Last Friday I stood by his coffin, spread with native wildflowers (tea tree and gum blossoms) and a little bunch of late season forget-me-nots, and read from Thoreau’s Walden and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.

V:13

I am made up of the causal and the material. Neither of these will disappear into nothing, just as neither came to be out of nothing. So every part of me will be assigned its changed place in some part of the universe, and that will change again into another part of the universe, and so on to infinity.

XII:21

It is the nature of all things to change, to perish and be transformed, so that in succession different things can come to be.

XII:32

What a tiny part of the boundless abyss of time has been allotted to each of us – and this is soon vanished in eternity.

I will miss him so much.

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September 6, 2010

“We need the tonic of wildness, — to wade sometimes in marshes… We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, New York: Random House, 1946: 372.

Every touch should thrill.

June 15, 2010

“I know not how it is that we need an interpreter: but the great majority of men seem to be minors, who have not yet come into possession of their own, or mutes, who cannot report the conversation they have had with nature… Too feeble fall the impressions of nature on us to make us artists. Every touch should thrill. Every man should be so much an artist, that he could report in conversation what had befallen him. …The poet is the person in whom these powers are in balance, the man without impediment, who sees and handles that which others dream of…”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The Poet’, in Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Second Series, London: George G Harrap, undated (inscription reads 1922): 5.