Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate.
To say that for destruction ice,
Is also great
And would suffice.
“Ice contains no future , just the past, sealed away.
As if they’re alive, everything in the world
is sealed up inside, clear and distinct.
Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way-
That’s the essence of ice, the role it plays.”
“Keep a little fire burning;
however small, however hidden.”
“The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time.
Time to think or not think, read or not read,
scribble or not scribble –
– to sleep and cook and walk in the woods,
to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills.
I produce nothing but words;
I consume nothing but food, a little propane,
a little firewood. By being utterly useless
in the calculations of the culture at large
I become useful, at last, to myself.”
“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them.
Everybody has a little bit of man, woman,
and animal in them. Darks and lights in them.
Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system.
Part earth and sea, wind and fire,
with some salt and dust swimming in them.
We have a universe within ourselves
that mimics the universe outside.
None of us are just black or white,
or never wrong and always right. No one.
No one exists without polarities.
Everybody has good and bad forces working with them,
against them, and within them.
“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017