Writing Prompt #2: Call and Response

Prompt:  Below you will find some lines and passages excerpted from well known poets and prose writers.
Take their words with you to your favorite location at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park. Spend time reflecting on how the words of these writers help you experience the world around you more fully.
Select the words, phrases, or poetic lines that most deeply capture your attention.
Write your own response, weaving into your writing the inspiring words/phrases of these other writers, as if you are in conversation with them.


from Lost by David Wagoner:

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
and you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
must ask permission to know it and be known…
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
you are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
where you are. You must let it find you.

from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World by Scott Russel Sanders

…When we cease to be migrants and become inhabitants, we may begin to pay enough heed and respect to where we are. By settling in, we have a chance of making a durable home for ourselves, our fellow creatures, and our descendants.

from My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

…When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything  else in the Universe.

from The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.




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