in soft silent beauty

“The Harvest Moon” by Samuel Palmer

When we were young
and feeling the need to prove ourselves,
we generated heat and energy
like the noonday sun.
But now we take time to reflect the Tao
and bathe our world in soft silent beauty
like the full moon on an Autumn evening.

An abundance of opinions will generate heat
but accomplish nothing.
You no longer have to comment
on each and every little thing.
You can observe events with a detached serenity.
When you speak,
your words are gentle, helpful, few.
Your silence is as beautiful as the Harvest moon.

~ William Martin
(The Sageโ€™s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life)

24 thoughts on “in soft silent beauty”

        1. Glad to hear you’re healthy. I am looking forward to your return to blogging, then. Just in time for Walktober. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. You’re welcome, Debbie! I love finding pairings that seem to be made for each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for liking them!

    1. Thank you, Linda! I didn’t get to see the harvest moon, either, but we can feel its energy and see how it pulls the tides higher and lower down at the beach.

        1. Great! You’ve got to make the most of those perfect days and I’m happy you got a glimpse of the harvest moon in the morning. I love daytime moons!

          1. I could still see how large it was Barbara. It is those simple joys that keep us going sometimes. If there was no beauty in nature to make us stop and pause for moment, a walk would be wasted.

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