apparent exuberance
...Thoreau's Journal: 22-Apr-1852

I want things to be incredible,—too good to appear true. C. says, “After you have been to the post-office once you are damned!” But I answer that it depends somewhat on whether you get a letter or not. If you should not get a letter there is some hope for you. If you would be wise, learn science and then forget it. A boat on the river, on the white surface, looks black, and the boatman like Charon. I see swarms of gnats in the air. What is that grass with a yellow blossom which I find now on the Cliff? It is the contrast between sunshine and storm that is most pleasing; the gleams of sunshine in the midst of the storm are most memorable. Saw that winkle-like fungus, fresh and green, covering an oak stump to-day with concentric marks, spirally arranged, sometimes in a circle, very handsome. I love this apparent exuberance of nature.

1 comment:

michael jameson said...

we all have little musings throughout the day,just by using the eyes,some are small flickers,and some can astonish and make you think like sun rays in a storm you may not know it but even something so natural can give you hope, the mind transfers it to give you hope in other things! life is grand. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com