Today is National Poetry Day…
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
John F. Kennedy
Kensington Park, Michigan
From the High Banks of the Au Sable River, 300 stairs built by the US Forest Service descend to a natural fairyland of springs bubbling out of the hillside and hurrying on their course to the river. To prevent soil erosion and to span the brooks, the Forest Service also built a wooden stairway threading among the stately pines.
Photo Challenge: Structure
The soft sound of springs rushing to the river plays a background melody…
…and sunlight sifts like gossamer through the forest canopy.
I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched… Eventually the watcher joined the river, and there was only one of us. I believe it was the river.
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Pigeon River forest, Michigan