Sunday, April 22, 2012

Claire de Lune

I'm not sure why thinking about Earth Day reminded me of a song about the moon. But there you have it.

For a long time now I've thought that this is perhaps as close to perfection as music gets. When I close my eyes and just listen, I fall immediately into that place inside myself that feels like home. Usually the tears start to come as I recognize how long I've been away and how good it feels to come back.

So on this Earth Day, I invite you to take a trip back home with me.


  1. I can hear Miles Davis coming in right on top of this, just like he did on "Blue in Green."

    More to the point, I often think of things we have lost in modernity that are what make us human, and time spent with the moon is one of them. Our ancestors knew it intimately, and most of us I imagine pay it very little attention.

    I guess I know what I need to do with my life.

    1. The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

      I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
      I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
      into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
      how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
      which is what I have been doing all day.
      Tell me, what else should I have done?
      Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
      Tell me, what is it you plan to do
      with your one wild and precious life?

    2. You shot, you scored! That was more or less what I had in mind. Beautiful poem, not one I remember. I appreciate it and you!


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