Of All the Splendors Here

September 20, 2014

Foggy dawn near Chehalis, WA

Foggy dawn near Chehalis, WA

In a New Dory Downriver to Home

Alone again,
I see the silence still has
a home for me.

Of all the splendors here
the best is I own nothing.

The cat-tails belong to the blackbird,
the willow belongs to the beaver,
the mud belongs to minnows and frogs,
to ducks and herons,
to everything that needs to go untroubled
to live and die with grace
unshaken
and thriving to the very end.
— from Notes from Disappearing Lake: The River Journals of Robert Sund, edited by Glenn Hughes and Tim McNulty

“The day, water, sun, moon, night — I do not have to purchase these things with money.”
— Plautus (254 – 184 B.C.)

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis

Haunting fog

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis, WA

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis, WA