The Herons of Bothell…

The Herons of Elmwood

Warm and still is the summer night,
As here by the river’s brink I wander;
White overhead are the stars, and white
The glimmering lamps on the hillside yonder.

Silent are all the sounds of day;
Nothing I hear but the chirp of crickets,
And the cry of the herons winging their way
O’er the poet’s house in the Elmwood thickets.

Call to him, herons, as slowly you pass
To your roosts in the haunts of the exiled thrushes,
Sing him the song of the green morass;
And the tides that water the reeds and rushes.

Sing him the mystical Song of the Hern,
And the secret that baffles our utmost seeking;
For only a sound of lament we discern,
And cannot interpret the words you are speaking.

Sing of the air, and the wild delight
Of wings that uplift and winds that uphold you,
The joy of freedom, the rapture of flight
Through the drift of the floating mists that infold you.

Of the landscape lying so far below,
With its towns and rivers and desert places;
And the splendor of light above, and the glow
Of the limitless, blue, ethereal spaces.

Ask him if songs of the Troubadours,
Or of Minnesingers in old black-letter,
Sound in his ears more sweet than yours,
And if yours are not sweeter and wilder and better.

Sing to him, say to him, here at his gate,
Where the boughs of the stately elms are meeting,
Some one hath lingered to meditate,
And send him unseen this friendly greeting;

That many another hath done the same,
Though not by a sound was the silence broken;
The surest pledge of a deathless name
Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today I’ll be looking for a cool spot to escape to like this Heron. My sister Lana and I spotted him on the Sammamish River Trail last weekend.  We are suppose to have the hottest temperatures of the year today and break some more records in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll do my running around early and then move as little as possible the rest of the day. I’ll be waiting for temps in the low 80’s and high 70’s before I plan some summer adventures. How about you? Is it cool enough for an adventure where you are?

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “The Herons of Bothell…

  1. I sit here trapped in my home for the second day waiting for two repairmen….so I sent our youngest out in the HUMIDITY…It’s 78 degrees and the humidity is 81% and it’s not even raining. I LOVE air conditioning…is having air conditioning common in your part of the world? I haven’t visited up there for so many years I can’t remember.

    We have some kind of heron that swopes in every once in a while on a little pond across the street from us…they are beautiful. Hope you stay cool!

  2. Yesterday on my bus I had this wahine from Seattle that was saying how hot it was there and it was going to get worse. I thought of you immediately. I hope it doesn’t get too hot. 🙂 Beautiful picture 🙂 You know in our house we have no heater or a/c. I guess that’s one of the benefits of staying in the 80’s most of the year and only getting into the low 70’s most of the time, yet we do get in the 60’s but not very often 🙂

  3. Longfellow has always been my favorite poet. And what a fantastic picture you managed to catch of that heron.

    It has been cool, grey and gloomy here all week. Not at all like San Diego is supposed to be. I am getting a bit put out…I need a warm day at the beach and Mother Nature seems to be mocking me.

    So am going to the spa instead to finish up the $ left on my groupon. Having some kind of facial thingy and a vichy(?) shower. I know nothing about spa’s and spa going, so I’ve just been letting the youngest pick what I get. Haven’t been disappointed so far.

  4. A bit too warm here to go adventuring today, I think. I’d love find someplace “cool, and green, and shady” to habg out in. Oh, wait, I was just there! Remind me why I came back? I always loved Longfellow, when I was young…must be time to renew that acquaintance.

  5. Not on any adventures today…but we have our new grand baby…it’s a boy!! He is named to remember two very special people that have already surrounded his life. God has blessed us greatly!!

  6. We’ve had two cool days in a row. After all that rain, now you have the intense heat! Herons are so beautiful. I saw one fly over our house the other day. They hang out in the wetlands. So pretty.

  7. Nice pic…of the heron staying cool! No A/C over here either…just open windows and fans at night. It feels like summer…and I like that.

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