I was reading an article recently about poet, David Whyte. Within this article was one of his poems that I found particularly moving. I am not a poet but a good poem can really inspire me. Then I had a realization. Nature is like a poem that moves me to my core. On Valentine’s Day, as we moved around Klamath National Wildllife Refuge, a familiar heartfelt emotion stirred within me. Nature has this uncanny ability to move me profoundly and instill within me a sense of promise for the future. This seems both curious and ironic to me in light of all that I worry about for the future of our natural lands and wildlife. Nevertheless, the assurance was there.
As they do during migration, the geese and swans were sounding off, flapping their wings and flying up en masse. Immense cloud formations exploded in the sky and a pink blanket settled in at sunset. The refuge environment is a diverse collection of open expanses of farmland and hidden forts of trees and water, providing provisions and shelter to wildlife. At the end of the day, I was filled with a renewed sense of awe and wonder and fresh glimmers of hope. As I write this, I’m aware that new seeds of gratitude have been planted in my heart. I look forward to my journey ahead.
Not with words, but with images, I create valentines and send them wrapped in thoughts of love to nature. ~ Susan
If you’d like to check out David Whyte and his poem that inspired me you can go to his TED TALK . It is well worth hearing!!! ~ Susan