Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Water is the formless potential out of which creation emerged. It is the ocean of unconsciousness enveloping the islands of consciousness. Water bathes us at birth and again at death, and in between it washes away sin. It is by turns the elixir of life or the renewing rain or the devastating flood.
(Scott Russell Sanders, Writing from the Center)
Carl Sandburg, Honey and Salt
I stand by the river and I know that it has been here yesterday and will be here tomorrow and that therefore, since I am part of its pattern today, I also belong to all its yesterdays and will be a part of all its tomorrows. This is a kind of earthly immortality, a kinship with rivers and hills and rocks, with all things and all creatures that have ever lived or ever will live or have their being on the earth. It is my assurance of an orderly continuity in the great design of the universe.
FOTO – BOATHOUSE ON THE KALANG RIVER IN URUNGA.
Duane Short, April 21, 2002, Water Trick Stone
Any one wounded by a Sting Ray, which often happens in catching sand-eels, will feel the pain of the wound very severely till the next tide.
A provincial glossary
foto – flynn’s beach jan 2011
I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars. (Edward Abbey)
foto – hastings river port macquarie jan 2011
The teacher, at the end of day
Looks to the setting sun
With clasping hands she softly asks
“Dear God, what have we done?”
A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.
The deepest rivers flow with the least noise. (Roman)
On the Banks of the Richmond River
foto – Bellinger River at Mylestom ( North Beach ).
To be children of the Oceanic Morning:
Gentle riders of the silent Dawn
Tenderly reaching beyond all horizons.
Port Headland, West Oz.
24 October 1974
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foto – robbie b at kingscliff 2004
I drive out to Amoonguna to tell the family he
I sit down with his Aunty, round the campfire, in
I ask her to explain the pelicans and the meaning
of the sign
She laughs and whispers ‘Arrangkwe.
just 2 pelicans in the sky!’
Ali Cobby Eckermann. little bit long time. Australian Poetry Centre, Balclava, 2009.
An Incisive Indigenous Voice
foto – pelican at iluka december 2009
The Sea to the Shell
Oh, he rides hard to race the pain
Who rides from love, who rides from home;
But he rides slowly home again,
Whose heart has learnt to love and roam
The Sliprails and the Spur
foto – brunswick heads boat hire 2008
THE WORLD OF CHANGE.
Oh ! trust not, cling not, to the hope
Of constancy below ;
Earth’s fragile blossoms smile and droop.
Her waters ebb and flow :
Yon flow’ret withers as it springs.
Yon bird is on the range ;
Aye, even in life’s meanest things,
This is a World of Change.
Abdy, Maria Smith, d. 1867
foto – NEVER NEVER CREEK AT THE PROMISED LAND VIA BELLINGEN NSW
WOODEN SHIPS THEY are remembering forests where they grew,The midnight quiet, and the giant dance; And all the murmuring summers that they knew Are haunting still their altered circumstance. Leaves they have lost, and robins in the nest. Tug of the goodly earth denied to ships.
foto – W.W. JACOBS COLLECTION COLDSTREAM STREET 2009
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
foto – 2008 point danger – the mouth of the tweed
NORTHERN BELLES A CALENDAR
Why does a virtuous man take delight in the landscapes? Because the din of the dusty world and the locked-in-ness of human habitations are what human nature habitually abhors; while on the contrary, haze, mist, and the haunting spirits of the mountains are what human nature seeks, and yet can rarely find.
FOTO- clarence river at ulmarra in winter mist july 2009
The intelligent son gathereth in summer (in his youth); but the shameful son sleepeth still in harvest.
FOTO – Ulmarra backyard
LABOUR NOT TO BE RICH.
Chinese Novels: Translated from the Originals; to which are Added Proverbs …"
As the scream of the eagle is heard when she has passed over; so a man’s name remains after his death.
R.I.P. ACTOR BILL. DROWNED PALM BEACH QLD. 2009.
Sail, quoth the king ; hold, faith the wind.
"English proverbs and proverbial phrases, collected from the most authentic sources, alphabetically arranged, and annotated" 1869.
FOTO – OWL AND PUSSYCAT BY ERIS FLEMING AS HUNG IN GRAYDON GALLERY NEW FARM BRISBANE.
An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest:
“If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”
“No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.”
“Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”
Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
FOTO – NEVER NEVER CREEK AT GLENIFFER VIA BELLINGEN 2008
Try MACPHERSON, Robert
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1937
Damn revisionists, why can’t they ever make history better? Like have us all live in Antarctica and worship the Golden Penguin? That’d be great. Dale Gribble
FOTO -MOBS PICTURE OF PENGUINS ART TARONGA PARK 2006