eat his own heart
...Thoreau's Journal: 13-Nov-1851

A cold and dark afternoon, the sun being behind clouds in the west. The landscape is barren of objects, the trees being leafless, and so little light in the sky for variety. Such a day as will almost oblige a man to eat his own heart. A day in which you must hold on to life by your teeth. You can hardly ruck up any skin on Nature’s bones. The sap is down; she won’t peel. Now is the time to cut timber for yokes and ox-bows, leaving the tough bark on,—yokes for your own neck. Finding yourself yoked to Matter and to Time. Not a mosquito left. Not an insect to hum. Crickets gone into winter quarters. Friends long since gone there, and you left to walk on frozen ground, with your hands in your pockets. Ah, but is not this a time for deep inward fires?

1 comment:

Northland said...

Yes, Henry. A time of lonely introspection. During this shoulder-season between autumn and winter, with sleet trending to snow on one's back; with the deer hunter about in the woods hereabout, it is best to tend home and heart fires and be glad for the time away from cares - if one is prepared physically and spiritually at this turning.