A Walk In Uncommon Hours In the Midst of The Shadows of Henry David Thoreau

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Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

~Henry David Thoreau~

Could you imagine seeing through the eyes of another of what may lie in front of you? To be able to see how they view the same scenery as you. To discover their perception of how reality is translated to an experiential experience. Have you ever taken a walk with another person and later asked them what they enjoyed the  most? Maybe asked them if they noticed anything similar to your experience?The answers can be rather amazing as no two people view what is in front of them in the same perspective.


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Uncommon Hours With Henry David Thoreau

Within there was the tug, pulling, a notion

a small distant voice an echo, a calling to come.

Come and walk with me

“You must come, once again to walk yet

of where I have trod. Feel the spiritedness,

the aliveness of nature

as she throws open the

curtain wide for you to experience”.

I arrive within the midst, of Walden Pond,

my eyes fully take in the

grand showing of natures

spectacular performance.

The calling is heard

to come further to walk within the midst

around the pond.

I start on an ice laden path seeing

most of bare ground

except of where

I dare have need to make way

slipping and sliding as I go

Each stepping is a journey of aliveness.

Cold air prevails, sunlight hidden,

trying to break through for a show

The further I go, into the wood

the deeper the snow encompasses.

I climb, I sink, I crawl

over mounds of piled snow.

Shadows flit to and fro,

a shadow that almost touches me,

heed of calling captures my attentiveness,

yet once more

to cross a bridge over frozen stream

Delight spans beyond pretense when I find the gentle outline

where his cabin once stood, he shares of his favorite time

as I am lead to observe, think and really feel.

The snow glistens

as sunlight streaks through tall trees bare,

but oh, the deeper the snow.

Both hands needed to get unstuck

to free myself out of the dregs

I hear his voice share of what we have in common.

Oh, dear, yes we share.

Taking paths with no idea of where they lead,

Turning points with vistas of views, yes

I understand

to explore I share.

He heeds of me to Old County Road with a dare.

I see only a scurvish of possible outline

led I am to snow deeper than even imagined

Knee deep in snow I soon know well.

The sign for the road observed. Another path and aim

to take an unknown way.

Climbing and falling into hallows

pace is slow

Childhood, reawakened more than I imagined

as memories tumble about

Ages it has been since I have wallowed within

the bounds of so much snow.

I work within the finding

my way back through the woods

when tiredness says

take a short cut.

I climb a snow bank tall and down to

a paved road I go

I enter the park area and

Find a remembrance

of our time exploring

A gifting of nature

as I make eye contact with a doe

My gift from one of long


We both stand motionless

peering at each other

eye to eye

mere feet apart

Surprised we are

with closeness



she goes

with a leap

into midair.

By Mira Faraday





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Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

~Henry David Thoreau~



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Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

~Henry David Thoreau~



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Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?

~ Henry David Thoreau~


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Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.

~Henry David Thoreau~


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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

~Henry David Thoreau~



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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

~Henry David Thoreau~


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Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. ~Henry David Thoreau~




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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau~


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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~Henry David Thoreau~


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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ~ Henry David Thoreau~

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To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain. ~ Henry David Thoreau~

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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

~Henry David Thoreau~

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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

~Henry David Thoreau~


“ Live life with principles, help create change as well as help others create victories. Be successful on your pathway living fully, laughing and enjoying each moment as it arrives. Life is a gift, embrace life, it is your chance to paint your master piece”.

What shall you give to human kind? Age is not an excuse to not participate in life fully. Awaken and thrive!

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Quotes of Henry David Thoreau, obtained from various  books.


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