Category Archives: STILLNESS

I feel akin to the Platypus. An orphan in a family. A swimmer, a recluse. Part bird, part fish, part lizard. Trevor Dunn

The Bard and the Lizard by John Shaw Neilson

The lizard leans in to October,
He walks on the yellow and green;
The world is awake and unsober,
It knows where the lovers have been.
The wind, like a faint violoncello,
Comes up and commands him to sing:
He says to me, “Courage, good fellow!
We live by the folly of Spring!”


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Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness. Terry Pratchett

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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

― T.S. Eliot

To avoid that run-down feeling, cross the streets carefully.


foto of hyde street bellingen nsw australi in december 2013

The church cars have gone—
this empty street needs you.
Clouds gather in the west,
bitumen drinks the sun
and everything is slow;
the dog deeply sleeping.
Tomorrow there are bills
to pay, a house to plaster,
but this stillness lingers
in the naked limbs of trees,
on the green and yellow grass.
This empty street needs you—
its sun-drenched gardens,
its music of cars.

Cameron Lowe’s ‘Sunday’,

I think classical ballet dancers dance on pointe because they’re simultaneously touching the earth and reaching up to the skies.

Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello


It ends with the usual stillness,
Those toe-tapping terrors
Trapped, perfection cracked,
Yet up in the evening sky
A ghostly footprint whizzes figures of eight.

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Peter Nicholson

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. Proverb, Maori.

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trough slits in the sky

sun drops liquid amber

into the parched mouth           

of earth

Poems by Lidija Šimkutė
(born 1942)


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foto – clarence river at ulmarra on sunset new year 2010

while the dark flanks tic and shudder a collective dream of the herd. Something in me envies their stillness waiting for the simultaneous moment when they will lower their heads in the frost’s silence and kiss the ground.

FROM The Stillness of Cows

Mark O’Flynn

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Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.  Greek.

from Quote Garden

foto – ulmarra cows dec 09

No one need pray for either rain or death — both will surely come.

"National proverbs: Serbia"

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A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest

Charles Harpur

NOT a sound disturbs the air,

There is quiet everywhere;

Over plains and over woods

What a mighty stillness broods!

foto – gwydir highway nov 09 en route to armidale from grafton