Four Quartets, East Coker No. 2, 1,
T. S. Eliot
“In that open field
If you do not come too close, if you do not come too close,
On a summer midnight, you can hear the music
Of the weak pipe and the little drum
And see them dancing around the bonfire
The association of man and woman
In daunsinge, signifying matrimonie—
A dignified and commodiois sacrament.
Two and two, necessarye coniunction,
Holding eche other by the hand or the arm
Whiche betokeneth concorde. Round and round the fire
Leaping through the flames, or joined in circles,
Rustically solemn or in rustic laughter
Lifting heavy feet in clumsy shoes,
Earth feet, loam feet, lifted in country mirth
Mirth of those long since under earth
Nourishing the corn. Keeping time,
Keeping the rhythm in their dancing
As in their living in the living seasons
The time of the seasons and the constellations
The time of milking and the time of harvest
The time of the coupling of man and woman
And that of beasts. Feet rising and falling.
Eating and drinking. Dung and death.
Dawn points, and another day
Prepares for heat and silence. Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides. I am here
Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning.”
"Of all the traits ascribed to salamanders, the ones relating to fire have stood out most prominently. This connection probably originates from a behavior common to many species of salamander: hibernating in and under rotting logs. When wood was brought indoors and put on the fire, the creatures "mysteriously" appeared from the flames. The 16th-century Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571) famously recalled witnessing just such an appearance as a child in his autobiography."
"If Salamander has crept across your path;
Salamander is asking you if your are using your time wisely. It is important to make the best use of your time and to balance the opportunities that are available to us. Know that you have the ability to make the adjustments necessary in order to seize the moment.
Alternatively the appearance of this amphibian heralds transformation. It also announces assistance with this change from a source somewhere outside of ourselves. This could be either through an unexpected person or unique resource. This assistance is temporary and will only stay as long as needed." [Sources: Spirit Animal Totems, Wikipedia.] 🦎
“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”
– George Washington Carver
“In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms,
I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.” – John Fowles
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense
“Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely”