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I have been told
that you must never watch
a bird fly past the horizon or it will take
a small part of your soul with it
But what is the soul
if not the sum
of the flights
of a thousand birds?

–Marc Beaudin

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There are many things which we do not understand, things that are beyond us, and when we meet them in this life all we can do is to recognize their existence and let them alone. They possess rights here. –Chief Plenty Coups

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I alternate between thinking of the planet as home– dear and familiar, stone hearth and garden– and as a hard land of exile in which we are all sojourners. Today I favor the latter view. The word sojourner occurs often in the English Old Testament. It invokes a nomadic people’s sense of vagrancy, a praying people’s knowledge of estrangement, a thinking people’s intuition of loss: “for we are all strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”

–Annie Dillard

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Chaos and ancient Night, I come no spy
with purpose to explore or to disturb
the secrets of your realm, but
as my way
lies through your spacious empire up to light…

–Thoreau

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“Beauty… comes unsought, and comes because it is unsought… All good is eternally reproductive.

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…Nothing is quite beautiful alone: nothing but is beautiful in the whole.

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…The use of outward creation is to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation.

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…We know more from nature than we can at will communicate.”

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–From Ralph Waldo Emerson

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