We remember how we itched
...Thoreau's Journal: 11-Jun-1851

The woodland paths are never seen to such advantage as in a moonlight night, so embowered, still opening before you almost against expectation as you walk; you are so completely in the woods, and yet your feet meet no obstacles. It is as if it were not a path, but an open, winding passage through the bushes, which your feet find.

Now I go by the spring, and when I have risen to the same level as before, find myself in the warm stratum again.

The woods are about as destitute of inhabitants at night as the streets. In both there will be some nightwalkers. There are but few wild creatures to seek their prey. The greater part of its inhabitants have retired to rest.

Ah that life I have known! How hard it is to remember what is most memorable! We remember how we itched, not how our hearts beat. I can sometimes recall to mind the quality, the immortality, of my youthful life, but in memory is the only relation to it.

1 comment:

michael jameson said...

it is very odd the things we remember from our youth!?, looking back they are quick images in time even the emotions or sweat!,and we have countless ones making up who we are and providing us with judgment and a life! we are a slave to our memories they will always be there to evoke us!. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com