Nature’s masterpiece

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant (The only harmless great thing)… Still sleeping stood; vex’d not his fantasy Black dreams; like an unbent bow carelessly His sinewy proboscis did remissly lie. — John Donne I have just found this quote on elephants, in a book that I have had since October 1983! I date my books…

Lest we forget

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Emptiness over emptiness. But flying.

To hatch a crow, a black rainbow Bent in emptiness over emptiness But flying. Ted Hughes, Crow (1970) Image: By Iain Wanless (Flickr: Crow in flight) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The frost of age

He who hath braved Youth’s dizzy heat
Dreads not the frost of Age.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — Emma Lazarus, American poet (1849–1887) I recall many years…