Sunday Dinner: Fire and Ice



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.


Robert Frost




“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-

cleanly, clearly.

That’s the essence of ice, the role it plays.”


Haruki Murakami




“Keep a little fire burning;

however small, however hidden.”


Cormac McCarthy




“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.”


Philip Connors




“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.


Suzy Kassem




“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”






Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017





About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Fire and Ice

  1. Whoa, you got so much snow. Is it starting to melt or is it still below freezing? Very frigid here until Wed.
    I really liked the Philip Connors quote. 🙂

  2. Janet Craig

    Marvelous shots of camellias and one glorious male cardinal! I think there’s an error in the Frost poem….he says, from what I know OF hate…not “to hate.”

    • Thank you, Janet 😉 FIxed… a classic case of reading what ‘should’ be there rather than what is. Thanks for the save. May I guess that weekends like this make you especially glad to be in FL and not VA? We ended up with about 15″ by the time it stopped snowing at sunset ❤ ❤ ❤

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