Quote of the moment: Thoreau explains, this, too, is heaven


Walden Pond frozen over, Winter 2005 - Wikimedia image

Walden Pond frozen over, Winter 2005 - Wikimedia image by Bikeable

Every winter the liquid and trembling surface of the pond, which was so sensitive to every breath, and reflected every light and shadow, becomes solid to the depth of a foot or a foot and a half so that it will support the heaviest teams, and perchance the snow covers it to an equal depth, and it is not to be distinguished from any level field. Like the marmots in the surrounding hills, it closes its eyelids and becomes dormant for three months or more.  Standing on the snow-covered plain, as if in a pasture amid the hills, I cut my way first through a foot of snow, and then a foot of ice, and open a window under my feet, where, kneeling to drink, I look down into the quiet parlor of the fishes, pervaded by a softened light as through a window of ground glass, with its bright sanded floor the same as in summer; there a perennial waveless serenity reigns as in the amber twilight sky, corresponding to the cool and even temperament of the inhabitants. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods, “The Pond in Winter,” 1899, pp 296-297.

Thanks to Inward/Outward, a project of the Church of the Saviour community.

Special tip of the old scrub brush to Bill Longman, who sent me the e-mail today.

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2 Responses to Quote of the moment: Thoreau explains, this, too, is heaven

  1. Shelley says:

    That’s such a flip of perspective at the end that it’s almost Thoreauvian humor!

    Like

  2. Nick K says:

    Nah it’s not. It’s got snow on it. :P

    Like

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