By John Lister-Kaye
For the final thirty years John Lister-Kaye, one in every of Britain’s best-known nature writers, has taken an analogous round stroll from his domestic deep in a Scottish glen as much as a small hill loch. on a daily basis brings a brand new remark or a unforeseen come upon – a delicate spider’s internet, an osprey suffering to raise a trout from the water or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest – and each day, on his go back domestic, he documents his concepts in a magazine. Drawing in this life of shut statement, John Lister-Kaye’s new publication encourages us to seem back on the nature round us and to find its wildness for ourselves. It additionally forges exceptional connections among the main not going of matters: photosynthesis and the strength cycle, Norse mythology, weasels and fragrance, and the over-population of our planet. on the Water’s part is a lyrical hymn to the natural world of england, and a strong caution to recognize and shield it.
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You spoke too often, Friend; had you forgot The insignificant ever dislike To be reminded of insignificance? You were the best of them, Bruno, the best By more than the flames that wrought the Change In the monads of your soul. As the flames Engulfed in fiery foam your anguished lips, Did you dying, wonder at those foolish ones Who sought to stifle truth with violence? THE WEARY ONE I wandered along the dusty way seeking the dawn of another day, like a drifting chip on a lonely stream, like a breath of wind or a vagrant dream a forgotten soul on a weary quest searching for home and love and rest.
He had no idea what she was talking about, but being Louis, back to the library he went to read and reread Wordsworth, Browning, Tennyson, Frost, and Service, to discover just what it was that made a great poem. During his travels he would occasionally compose poems, and it always seemed remarkable to me that he could both create and then remember them without writing them down; it seemed as if he could never forget a line or even a word. Louis explained that before the development of writing, poetry was one of the tricks ancient people used to remember stories.
A HANDFUL OF STARS Give me, O Night, a blessing Of peace, and a handful of stars— Give me, O Dawn, a beginning, New life, and a healing of scars; Give me, O Day, a freshening Of spirit, and warmth in the sun— Give me, O Earth, of thy bounty, Strength for the task I’ve begun. Leave me, O Night, of your stillness A calm for my inward soul— Leave me a breath of your darkness To cool me, and keep me whole; Leave me the wind in the willows The roll of the surf and the sea— Leave me, Beloved, my memories Of dreams you have given to me.