Thursday, February 3, 2011

Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers

'The extraordinary patience of things!
This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-
How beautiful when we first beheld it,
Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs;
No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,
Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-
Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide
That swells and in time will ebb, and all
Their works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty
Lives in the very grain of the granite,
Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff.-As for us:
We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;
We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident
As the rock and ocean that we were made from. '

~~~

The photos I took on my walk yesterday are: standing on the edge of Carmel Point in front of the blooming Aloe...looking across Carmel River Beach to the mouth of the river and the Santa Lucia foothills. The sheep meadow behind Carmel Mission Ranch looking toward the bird lagoon, Carmel Point and Point Lobos. And Robinson Jeffers Tor House and Hawk Tower that he built with his own hands. An entirely wondrous creation made out of the land. Below his home on Scenic Drive is a special tree at the edge of a cliff with a long low limb to sit on...and contemplate the rocks and sea from which we are made...and the seagulls that I love so much.

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