We are asleep with compasses in our hands. — W. S. Merwin
“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” -W. S. Merwin

“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” -W. S. Merwin

I miss the toad
who came all summer
to the limestone
water basin
under the Christmasberry tree
imported in 1912
from Brazil for decoration
then a weed on a mule track
on a losing
pineapple plantation
now an old tree in a line
of old trees
the toad came at night
first and sat in the water
all night and all day
then sometimes at night
left for an outing
but was back in the morning
under the branches among
the ferns the green sword leaf
of the lily
sitting in the water
all the dry months
gazing at the sky
through those eyes
fashioned of the most
precious of metals
come back
believer in shade
believer in silence and elegance
believer in ferns
believer in patience
believer in the rain
— "Empty Water" by W.S. Merwin, from The Rain in the Trees, 1988
'the visitor'
"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin
 

'the visitor'

"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin

 

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? — Gautama Buddha
'Turn! Turn! Turn!'
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”   -Gautama Buddha

'Turn! Turn! Turn!'

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”   -Gautama Buddha

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. — Anais Nin

monarch laying egg

"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."  -Anais Nin

I was the kind of child who always looked for fairies dancing on the grass. I wanted to believe in witches, wizards, ogres, giants and enchanted spells. I didn’t want all of the magic taken out of the world by scientific explorations. — V.C Andrews, Flowers in the Attic 

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rattlesnake master
   “I was the kind of child who always looked for fairies dancing on the grass. I wanted to believe in witches, wizards, ogres, giants and enchanted spells. I didn’t want all of the magic taken out of the world by scientific explorations.”  -V.C Andrews, Flowers in the Attic 

rattlesnake master

   “I was the kind of child who always looked for fairies dancing on the grass. I wanted to believe in witches, wizards, ogres, giants and enchanted spells. I didn’t want all of the magic taken out of the world by scientific explorations.”  -V.C Andrews, Flowers in the Attic