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Friday, April 23, 2010

SIMPLE GIFTS

NATURE'S GIFT -- LIGHT FOR OUR DAILY PLEASURES
Today I read a Mary Oliver poem on the 7-0 blog. Titled, The Gift, you can check it out here. It required a couple readings before I realized the significance of it.

NATURE'S GIFT -- SCENTED PINES
My homestead property is surrounded by hundreds of acres that march up Bear mountain and down the other side all mostly wild land. I feel fortunate to live in such a place as I revel in all that nature gives. And that is the key word in this post as well as the Mary Oliver poem that I mention above. Nature gives to me -- Oliver calls it a gift. And in her poem she gives back. It made me take stock of what I give back.

NATURE'S GIFT -- SOIL ENRICHMENT
For me I can give back simply. Live lightly on the homestead, avoid chemicals, protect from unwanted intruders, and welcome nature in all its forms.

NATURE'S GIFT -- WILD STRAWBERRIES
Any other suggestions to give back to nature?

2 comments:

  1. Lovely post. You don't mention the animals and birds that are part of nature although I'm sure you take them into consideration. Mary Oliver writes over and over about all the animals she watches and encounters, birds too, she even likes the snakes. None of these ask anything of you except to respect their habitat, as you are doing. You are very lucky to have so much wild woods near you.

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  2. June -- Yes, actually there is so much to mention that I generalized a bit. I do thank you for mentioning the animals and birds and your comments about Mary Oliver. She is a great poet.-- barbara

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