abrasion and decay
...Thoreau's Journal: 24-Oct-1837

Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making room for another. The oak dies down to the ground, leaving within its rind a rich virgin mould, which will impart a vigorous life to an infant forest. The pine leaves a sandy and sterile soil, the harder woods a strong and fruitful mould.

So this constant abrasion and decay makes the soil of my future growth. As I live now so shall I reap. If I grow pines and birches, my virgin mould will not sustain the oak; but pines or birches, or, perchance, weeds and brambles, will constitute my second growth.

1 comment:

michael jameson said...

my wish is to be buried in a forest!, to enrich the ground so grasses will grow and the deer will eat the grasses and i will finally be nature!. a personal note michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com