We Shall Not Cease

Flowers, Trees, & Other Such Gifts of Nature

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree

Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

~~ from Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot

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On starting a journey

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I am about to begin with a journey 
that i am already in love with
as much as i am in love with
skies darkening and lightening above
waters rippling and moving below
birds accompanying me
and a light …….. accompanying my heart

On libraries

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“I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.” Roger Zelazny