Friday, March 14, 2014

Afoot and Light-hearted

Lately during this never-ending winter, I find myself scrolling back through the photos on my iPad to pictures I took last summer. I need to remind myself that, once upon a time, lakes weren't frozen ...


Once upon a time, everything was green ...


These pictures pretty much sum up my heart's desire. As does this excerpt from Walt Whitman's Song of the Open Road ...

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road. 
My heart longs for color, light, and warmth. I can't wait to walk down familiar green paths again.
How about you?


KnitNana said...

I have a few crocus out in my front yard! Tho' we're still hearing of "wintry mix" this weekend, I'm hopeful. We've had a couple of days when the temperatures soared into the 70s - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

It will come. But yes, like you? I'm longing for it!

Leigh Miller said...

Bonnie I am s..o..o with you! Thank you for your beautiful, summery photos with their soft, warm colours and, always, thank you for the Walt Whitman. Love.

Bonnie said...

Oh, a Sallee, lucky you, 70s and crocuses! Hurray!

Leigh, I'm glad you like the Whitman. In recent months, I have read these particular lines often.