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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
heron on 09/21/2008 14:09:26 MDT Print View

heron in pond

Mary Oliver - Heron Rises From The Dark, Summer Pond

So heavy
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings

and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks

of the summer pond,
and slowly
rises into the air
and is gone.

Then, not for the first or the last time,
I take the deep breath
of happiness, and I think
how unlikely it is

that death is a hole in the ground,
how improbable
that ascension is not possible,
though everything seems so inert, so nailed

back into itself--
the muskrat and his lumpy lodge,
the turtle,
the fallen gate.

And especially it is wonderful
that the summers are long
and the ponds so dark and so many,
and therefore it isn't a miracle

but the common thing,
this decision,
this trailing of the long legs in the water,
this opening up of the heavy body

into a new life: see how the sudden
gray-blue sheets of her wings
strive toward the wind; see how the clasp of nothing
takes her in.

heron in flight

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
bird again on 12/06/2008 14:15:03 MST Print View

Was testing the Backpacking Light Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody this morning and saw the heron again. Not sure if it was because the strange bird was cold or just curious about me because I looked like a strange bird too with the green hoody - but I walked pretty close. I was not zooming with my Coolpix. Just held it up - stopped and clicked - and then again as the bird began to fly.

Heron standing

Heron flying

Edited by gmatthews on 12/06/2008 14:15:57 MST.