Immensity

John Berger opens his famous book, Ways of Seeing, with, “Seeing comes before words.”

I have remembered his words since I first read them 40 years ago. Katherine Thanas repeated Hirshfield’s poem in a lecture… “immensity taps at your life” and those words too, have stayed with me. Trees, Katherine Thanas, Jane Hirshfield, and John Berger. A cup of coffee would be nice too. The brush of the tree branch, a tap tap at your heart, are you paying attention?

THE TREE

It is foolish
to let a young redwood   

grow next to a house.

Even in this   
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.
That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books—
Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.  

Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.

Jane Hirshfield, 2001. Given Sugar, Given Salt.

Wilder Ranch State Park, Englesman Loop Trail March 28, 2019

Wilder Ranch State Park, Englesman Loop Trail March 28, 2019

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