Lessons from the Kingfisher

   

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    As Kingfishers Catch Fire By Gerard Manley Hopkins As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying What I do is me: for that I came. What a magnificent creature…the Kingfisher! My first encounter with the Kingfisher, both poem and bird, was when David Whyte recited Gerard Manley’s poem at a gathering I attended some years ago. mu legend redzen online By the way, if you have never heard David Whyte recite poetry, his own and his favorites from others, you must add that experience to your bucket list. belts small accessories But I digress….the Kingfisher flies, swoops, dives, and catches fish. cheap mu legend zen This is what he came to do…so he does it with grace, with ease and with great skill. ugg bailey bow dot The Kingfisher fishes, as does the blue pelican. Even the stone rings out it’s song tumbling down a well in a way that is completely natural for the stone. cheap mu legend redzen Salmon swim upstream to the natal river where they were born in order to spawn. Everything on earth expresses it’s inner essence, no questions asked–except for us! We human beings somehow have to search for who we are and what we are here to do.

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