A day to lie on the grass with nothing to do but to slip the blades through my fingers


I have never wanted anything more than the wild creatures have, a broad waft of clean air, a day to lie on the grass at times, with nothing to do but to slip the blades through my fingers, and look as long as I pleased at the whole blue arch, and the screens of green and white between; leave for a month to float and float along the salt crests and among the foam, or roll with my naked skin over a clean long stretch of sunshiny sand; food that I liked, straight from the cool ground, and time to taste its sweetness, and time to rest after tasting; sleep when it came, and stillness, that the sleep might leave me when it would, not sooner … This is what I wanted,—this, and free contact with my fellows … not to love and lie, and be ashamed, but to love and say I love, and be glad of it; to feel the currents of ten thousand years of passion flooding me, body to body, as the wild things meet. I have asked no more.

~ Voltairine De Cleyre (1866-1912)


Photograph: Mariam Sitchinava.  Quote Source: Stalwart Reader. Voltairine De Cleyre bio.


  1. Sumptuous….


  2. Love the sentiment, but I’m mesmerized by the girls’ anorexic thighs.


  3. I read this the other day and saw that it put into words just how I live my life.


    • Thanks for sharing Jenni. Wonderful. I had to cut and paste it to save for future reference:

      I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books i’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because i’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be, boundless and infinite.

      ~ The Quiet Place Project


      • I’m glad you were able to see it – had some trouble figuring out how to paste it in as a comment. I really loved it when I read it so I’m glad you like it. Jenni


  4. Sublime. I so wish 🙂


  5. yes, and no greater gift of the universe.


  6. Thank you for sharing this!
    “Conquering the Gift” is also a good read. Check it out:



  7. That about sums up the past few weeks or so, and I’m grateful.


  8. ahhh…


  9. Love this. So peaceful.


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