This series features a young Northern Water Snake -- Nerodia sipedon sipedon, out for a stroll in Goose Lake Prairie SP, Grundy County, IL.
poem by Pablo Neruda, "Me Gustas Cuando Callas":
'I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
and you hear me from far away and my voice does not touch you.
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
and it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth.
As all things are filled with my soul
you emerge from the things, filled with my soul.
You are like my soul, a butterfly of dream,
and you are like the word Melancholy.
I like for you to be still, and you seem far away.
It sounds as though you were lamenting, a butterfly cooing like a dove.
And you hear me from far away, and my voice does not reach you:
Let me come to be still in your silence.
And let me talk to you with your silence
that is bright as a lamp, simple as a ring.
You are like the night, with its stillness and constellations.
Your silence is that of a star, as remote and candid.
I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
distant and full of sorrow as though you had died.
One word then, one smile, is enough.
And I am happy, happy that it’s not true.' ~ "I Like For You To Be Still" by Pablo Neruda
“We could feel the peace and power of the Great Mystery in the soft grasses beneath our feet and the blue sky above us. All this made great feeling within us, and this is how we got our religion.” ~ Luther Standing Bear