A Sudden Softness

“Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.”

–  Rainer Marie Rilke


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “A Sudden Softness”

  1. Dear Nancy, Your charming picture of a squirrel makes them appear to be delightful, innocent creatures whereas, in the garden, this is far from the case. The red squirrel, thankfully, is still very common in Hungary; in the UK it has almost totally been ousted by the grey.

    Oh yes, I know what a pest they are in the garden. They are the bane of my father’s existence. :) But this little fellow was happily munching on a rotting apple (eeew!) in the woods, far away from civilized gardens. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Edith!

  2. Squirrels can indeed be pesky creatures, but I adore watching their acrobatics and quirkyness! If squirrels go away I would miss them terribly. Birds create the color and “Ah!” factor of my backyard, but squirrels provide hours of entertainment – for us and our dog, who loves to bound after them in joyful glee! Wonderful photo and poem.

  3. Great photo! I have always enjoyed watching squirrels, and they have a place in the garden, just as birds and other wild creatures do. I once raised a squirrel from earliest infancy and released him into the wild when he was almost grown. He thought I was his mama. He was surprisingly intelligent and was as affectionate as a dog or cat.

  4. I’ll bet he is enjoying the feeling of the sunshine on his back. I put a peach outside yesterday and this morning I see the squirrels and birds have it almost gone. Wish I could have been home to get some photos.

  5. I love the Rilke quote, not one I’m familiar with. He’s so good on feelings. As for that squirrel – as a friend of mine reminded me, there may be a reason that squirrel is looking so peaceful: rotted/fermented fruits gets wildlife drunk! Sorry to inject this Dionysian note into the serenity…

    Thanks for featuring my blog in your sidebar this week, Nancy. My own blog is overdue for an overhaul, and one of the things I want to include are easy ways to get to the great blogs out there. Yours I rely on for refreshment, for the synthesis of words with pictures that makes a small realization burst inside me.

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