alone at water, its open eye, without seeming to move

I am always watching
the single heron at its place
alone at water, its open eye…
without seeming to move…
The bird is more beautiful
than my hand, skin more graceful
than my foot, my own dark eye…

Linda Hogan, from “The Heron” in “Rounding the Human Corners”



DK Photo: Great Blue Heron. 6:15 a.m. this morning. 50° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. More photos from this morning here.

Comments

  1. Something so mysterious about these shoreline sentinels. I watch them work our pond in the early morning hours and at dusk with fascination. Their focus, their grace, their beauty of which they are seemingly unaware, it stops me in my tracks….

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  2. There is a solitary beauty in herons that make me embrace my own times alone with/out my thoughts. They seem single-minded. Thanks for this poem, David!

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  3. I especially enjoy witnessing them in flight! They make it look like a ballet in slow motion.

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  4. The light you captured here is… I’m at a loss for words!

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  5. Perfect pairing, David. They are beautiful sentinels.

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  6. You slept in? The photo is 6:15 not some outragious hour!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The bird is more beautiful — Linda Hogan, from “The Heron” in “Rounding the Human Corners”.

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  8. So unlike the many ADHD kids I’ve taught.

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  9. I have to get here earlier – I can’t come close to these comments…but there’s something very knowing in the heron’s posture..wise and calm..

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  10. What a work of art…the heron…and the photo…those colors! I love everyone’s comments as well. Yes, good to conk out at 8 pm once in awhile!

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  11. I lingered for awhile, breathing in the still, peaceful calm…I know I need the
    solitary rest & beauty of your pairing… I appreciate such a gift…

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  12. Beautiful in every sense.

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