Friday, October 7, 2011

"I am Content" by John Burroughs

Dear Friends,

Sometimes we come across a poem or quote that says the things we are feeling so much better than we can, such as this gem by John Burroughs. It seems so appropriate for this gorgeous time of year! Enjoy~

"The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. . . . .

I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. The hum of the wind in the tree-tops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of men.
I am in love with this world; by my constitution I have nestled lovingly in it. It has been home. It has been my point of outlook into the universe. I have not bruised myself against it, nor tried to use it ignobly.

I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvests, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown.

While I delved I did not lose sight of the sky overhead. While I gathered its bread and meat for my body, I did not neglect to gather its bread and meat for my soul.

I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings."

Love and blessings,



  1. A lovely poem and pictures!


  2. I couldn't have said it better myself!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh Mi Amiga...que poema tan lindo!


  4. Lovely!!! You know what? I also am content!
    Smiles, Dottie

  5. That made me cry it was so beautiful.... ~Amy

  6. Lovely thoughts and lovely pictures. Isn't it a wonderful time of year? And Claire de Lune is so perfect for the narrative. Visiting your blog today has been very pleasant indeed. Thank you, Marqueta!

  7. Woman! How do you take such great pictures! And you did apparently save your best for last! ;)

  8. Such lovely pictures. I hope all is going well for you.

    Have you used your solar oven yet?



  9. How lovely, Marqueta! Thanks for sharing such a lovely post!

  10. No one could have said it better... that is precisely how I feel about all that is with us and above us and beneath our feet.

  11. You have an informative blog. I’ve learned something from it

  12. Beautiful....Lovely pictures too....blessings

  13. Yes. A beautiful quote for this time of year especially. This time when I slow down long enough to think about and appreciate this world provided for me...

    Blessings, Debbie

  14. Such a beautiful post. Such beautiful photos.
    Thank you for your sweet words..I am so glad to have brightened your day:))
    I also own 2 lovely pins from sweet Lynn. I always receive compliments when I wear them..such a dear girl, she is.
    Blessings on this autumn day,

  15. Hello Dearest One,
    I have been at our previous house
    for quite a few days and we have the phones and internet turned off so I am catching up!
    Beautiful words for a beautiful post!
    Love and Blessings Linnie

    PS I am getting something in the mail for you xxxooo


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