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“Yes–the springtimes needed you. 

Often a star was waiting for you to notice it.

A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,

or as you walked under an open window,

a violin yielded itself to your hearing.

All this was mission.

But could you accomplish it?

Weren’t you always distracted by expectation,

as if every event announced a beloved?” 

from Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke,

translated by Stephen Mitchell

“The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old
as you are.”  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by
W.S. Merwin

Granary Street, New Harmony, Indiana

Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.


“….Nor was I slow to come among them, when the clouds, from their still skirts,
had shaken down on earth the feathery snow, and all was white….”
from “A Winter Piece,” by William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878)

Turquoise Bridge

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First Snowfall

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
arrives the snow….

from The Snow Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Harvest Sunset”

by Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Red gold of pools,
Sunset furrows six o’clock,
And the farmer done in the fields

And the cows in the barns with bulging udders.
Take the cows and the farmer,
Take the barns and bulging udders.
Leave the red gold of pools
And sunset furrows six o’clock.

The farmer’s wife is singing.
The farmer’s boy is whistling.
I wash my hands in red gold of pools.

“We live only to discover beauty.  All else is a form of waiting.”

–  Kahlil Gibran

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.

“The future enters into us, in order to transform

itself in us, long before it happens.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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  • Donald Cargill
    "This is the most joyful day that ever I saw in my pilgrimage on earth."
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was chosen as
the name for
this blog
because when
I remember
to keep my
heart light as
a feather,
life is much



Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Jan 7, 2011
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