“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
“Let my words be bright with animals,
images the flash of a gulls wing.
If we pretend that we are at the center,
that moles and kingfishers,
eels and coyotes are at the edge of grace,
then we circle, dead moons about a cold sun.
This morning I ask only the blessing of the crayfish,
the beautitude of the birds:
to wear the skin of the bear in my songs:
to work like a man with my hands.”
“The Earth is all that lasts.
The Earth is what I speak to when
I do not understand my life
Nor why I am not heard.
The Earth answers me with the same song
That it sang for my fathers when
Their tears covered up the sun.
The Earth sings a song of gladness.
The Earth sings a song of praise.
The Earth rises up and laughs at me
Each time that I forget
How spring begins with winter
And death begins with birth.”
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
“In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
“The Wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”