Thursday, June 22, 2006

Poetry Thursday - Words I Love

Looking east from Mt Agassi in the California Sierra Nevadas

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~John Muir
I found myself caught in the Poetry Thursday prompt and decided to think about things and words I love... one of my favorite wordsmiths is John Muir --- his words inspired the following:
High on the mountains
cares drop off like autumn leaves
I find renewal.

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26 Comments:

Blogger kerrdelune said...

Endment, thank you this. I love John Muir, and your haiku is downright incandescent. That reminds me - I have to get a good book on haiku conventions.

7:17 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Beautiful - both John Muir's poem and your own Haiku! And great photo. Thank you.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

love this poem!
Wow!! Look at that view - Breath taking!

8:12 AM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

You've captured it perfectly.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Star said...

This is just what I needed to see today. It gives me strength for the morrow. Thank you for sharing it.

9:59 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Oh this photo just took my breath away! Look at that view!!!
Nature is so amazing. Love your Haiku and the poem.
a.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

yes.. I love the Sierra Nevadas. I look at them every day. Great poems.

11:05 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I love the Sierra Nevadas. We often hiked there on our vacations. The eastern slope is just magnificent, the way it rises up from the flat valley and reaches as high as 14,000. John Muir's writings are what first inspired my trips into the Sierras. Later, I found Gary Snyder's poems. He also writes of hiking there. Thanks so much for posting such beautiful words and photo of one of my favorite places on earth.

11:32 AM  
Blogger MojoMan said...

Your post makes me want to find a mountain and make it mine. You also inspire me to take a closer look at John Muir. Thanks!

11:47 AM  
Blogger RavenGrrl said...

Muir is indeed one of the world's great wordsmiths. So who better to look to for words you love? Your haiku is lovely, Endment. Cares really truly are like autumn leaves. Sometimes we cling to our cares (for whatever reasons) a little longer than we should ... the way leaves seem not to want to let go their branches.

Until they do.

And when we let go of our cares, ahhh...

A side note to kerrdelune: if you are interested in a website that goes into detail about the conventions and "rules" of haiku, I have recently discovered this one. Enjoy!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

Thanks for this wonderful post! It is so appropriate, as we are about to leave for a trip across the Rocky Mountains to Denver, and I am especially excited about the mountains. I've been told twice now to be sure to go to Rocky Mountain National Park, which should have views like the one in your photo. Can't wait. Love the John Muir poem too...

1:19 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Endment, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely note. Your post today fills me with energy. There must be quite a story behind that photo. John Muir has been on my virtual bookshelf for ten years or so. Now I am moved to delve into his writing. Finally, your haiku was so much fun to read out loud.

1:57 PM  
Blogger mikim said...

Lovely- Muir, the image, and your Haiku, simply beautiful. Thank you.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

I come here for peace. :-)

4:08 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

kerrdelune
Haiku - there is a wonderful on-line link http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiartjr.htm
and a couple of other resources
http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/#howtowritehaiku
I have some more I will put up when I find them again :)

paris parfait
if you cant tell - I love John Muirs writing.

joy eliz
I didn't make it up there but the pictures are wonderful

harmonyinline
thankyou so much

star
We are sending you lots of strength and prayers

andrea
You can almost see to "forever" :)

cynthia e. bagley
there are moments in June and July when I envy your view but in September and October I'll take mine :)

robin andrea
we always take a Muir book along when we hike out west- it is our daily reading :) our kids were raised on wood smoke, hiking and John Muir :)

mojoman
glad to hear it - you can learn a lot about Muir by clicking his name on my sidebar. Wonderful site!

ravengirl
you are so right - sometimes it is the turning loose that is so very difficult.

sigrid jardin
have a wonderful trip!!! I also love the Rockies but the views seem a lot different to me...
Guess I still get homesick for the Rockies.

potato print
yes there is a story but it is a long one :)
Thanks for your visit and your comment

mikim and cynthia e. bagley
I am delighted you enjoy your visit - please come anytime and of course --- please leave your comment :)

4:34 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

It was the photograph that gripped me first - but the haiku is lovely too. I think I like it better than John Muir's words, sometimes brief expresses it all

5:06 PM  
Blogger jim said...

Thank you, Endment, and your beautiful conversation with John Muir--we're the lucky ones.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

John Muir knows my heart :) Your lovely haiku echos the beauty that surrounds me. Beautiful!!!!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

John Muir--and Yosemite, one of the seven wonders of the world. And how beautifully Ansel Adams captured it, too. Ansel actually taught at and did the early catalogs for my school. There has been a bad landslide this year at the main entrance into Yosemite forcing the tourists and outdoors people to use other entrances.

1:06 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I could really relate to the words and to the mountains - mountains are beautiful - so peaceful. So majestic.

5:07 AM  
Blogger Lady Lux said...

if only i could right now...climb a mountain...as such..your beautiful reflections have take me there...

6:11 AM  
Blogger MB said...

A dialogue with John Muir — now there's something worthwhile! And your haiku takes me there. This wrinkled landscape is extraordinary. Makes me want to gain altitude!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I can practically smell that clean cold air ....

2:27 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I love stuff my John Muir..thanks and "Yes" What a view.

10:39 PM  
Blogger lené said...

What inspiration--your words, Muir's, and the place where the photograph was taken. What a striking landscape--I would love to see it in person.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Your photography and postings always so fresh and inspiring!

1:00 AM  

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