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Olympic Peninsula Addendum

Olympic Peninsula Addendum

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poetry and poems from a book on the Olympic Peninsula
poetry and poems from a book on the Olympic Peninsula

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Published by: Paul Richardson on Jul 28, 2011
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Olympic Peninsula Addendum

Paul Richardson July 2011

On our travels over Fourth of July weekend this year I purchased a ³coffee table´ book called The Olympics²A Wilderness Trilogy by photographer Ross Hamilton and writer Janet Scharf. After I returned home I read it through and wished I had bought several copies for gifts for people who appreciate the wilderness. I found that it is best to order from the authors¶ website as it is much more expensive on Amazon. The appeal of the book is centered on the glorious and numerous pictures of areas we couldn¶t begin to see in the depth present in the book over a three day weekend. Also, the writing is very well done. One of the parts I like best is the writer¶s use of poems and quotes to enrich her text. With that preamble I am going to share some of the most appealing poetry and quotes used in the book. The shattered water made a misty din. Great waves looked over others coming in, And thought of doing something to the shore That water never did to land before. Robert Frost

I must go down to the seas again For the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call That may not be denied: And all I ask is a windy day With the white clouds flying And the flung spray and The blown spume, And the sea-gulls crying. John Masefield The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir Nature¶s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to bold. Her early leaf¶s a flower; But only for an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost

The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I had rued. Robert Frost It is not possible to step twice into the same river. Heraclitus, c.540 ± c.480 B.C. They are that talks of going But never gets away; And that talks no less for knowing, As it grows wiser and older, That now it means to stay. Robert Frost

Ah, when to the heart of man Was it ever less than a treason To go with the drift of things, To yield with a grace to reason, And bow and accept the end Of a love or a season? Robert Frost There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Gandhi To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first. William Shakespeare If that be not the home where dwell the gods, It is certainly beautiful enough to be, and I therefore will call it Mt. Olympus. Captain John Meares, aboard ship in 1788 The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

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