Monday, October 24, 2011


There is the heaven we enter
through institutional grace
and there are the yellow finches bathing and singing
in the lowly puddle


Mary Oliver wrote the above lines
and inspired me...


There is the blessing we receive
from ordained clerics
and there is the sunlight sifting through the trees
onto the green forest

There are the holy books from which we learn
the theology of man
and there are the Scribbly Gums
and the tracks of seagulls

There is the communion of people
and of sacraments
and there is walking in awe
in the green blue cathedral of Nature

I related to a friend
how I had been inspired
to write these lines
and she told me about
Longfellow's poem:

My Cathedral

Like two cathedral towers these stately pines
uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones
The arch beneath them is not built with stones
Not art but nature traced these lovely lines,
And carved this graceful arabesque of vines:
No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
No sepulchre conceals a martyr's bones
No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
Enter! the pavement, carpeted with leaves,
Gives back a softened echo to thy soft tread!
Listen! the choir is singing;all the birds,
In Leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
Are Singing! listen, ere the sound be fled,
And learn there may be worship without words ..

Oh Holy
Happy days...


  1. The wonders that surround us. We only need to pause and become aware. Lovely post, Delwyn.

  2. On my walks in nature and the woods alone, religious experiences happen to me often! Love both poets and your post, Delwyn.

  3. entirely true and beautiful delwyn. thanks for sharing your insight here. steven

  4. Such an inspiring and beautiful walk, Delwyn.

  5. Hello Delwyn, Your new blog look is awesome - I like it. I am often inspired by Mary Oliver, but your inspiration has found words and photos to further honor her thoughts. A lovely post!

  6. Very, very true... I feel exactly the same!

    PS I love those Scribbly Gums!!

  7. Hi there - I think that what you get from nature is "truer" than the things you get from many other sources. It seems sad to me that many people seem to ignore the world around them so much.

    Hope the chicks on the roundabout do OK!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  8. I think nature is the only truth and I'm deeply moved by the God (or Life-giving-source) in His every manifestation of nature. Your photos show it, Delwyn.



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