This series features the Sora -- Porzana carolina, and...
"The Waking" by Theodore Roethke:
'I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.
Light takes the tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
Great nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.
This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I learn by going where I have to go.' ~ "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
"For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune." ~ Aeschylus
On the menu today: backswimmer and other beetles, clams, damselfly and dragonfly naiads ... marsh bounty for breeding season.
best served slightly crushed? ... with "What Is Born With Me" by Pablo Neruda:
'I sing to the grass that is born with me
in this free movement, to the fermentations
of cheese, of vinegar, to the secret
spurt of the first semen, I sing
to the song of milk which now comes
in rising whiteness to the nipples,
I sing to the fertility of the stable,
to the fresh dung of great cows
from whose aroma fly multitudes
of blue wings, I speak
without any shift of what is happening now
to the bumblebee with its honey, to the lichen
in its soundless germination.
Like an everlasting drum
sounds the flow of succession, the course
from being to being, and I’m born, I’m born, I’m born
with all that is being born, I’m one
with growing, with the spread silence
of everything that surrounds me, teeming,
propagating itself in the dense damp,
in threads, in tigers, in jelly.