Mary Oliver. A Kōtuku. Belonging. Beauty. Rapture.
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water
and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to
sooner or later
is part of everything else
which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.
A Thousand Mornings
Kōtuku – New Zealand White Heron, photographed by Paul Knight.
The eastern great egret (Ardea alba modesta) is highly endangered in New Zealand, with only one breeding site at Okarito Lagoon. This species was almost exterminated to satisfy the demand for feathers for women’s hats. By 1941 there were only four nests at its breeding site in Okarito when it was declared a reserve and patrolled. The feathers of Kōtuku and Huia were highly prized by Maori, who used them to adorn the heads of chiefs.
What a beautiful gift.
Thank you again divine M.
It’s a poem that quietly thrills me…
From me to you with love, Scott.
And a deep bow.
I’m happy to know you liked the poem, Tom.
Thank you for commenting.
Thank You Miriam for pointing me to Mary Oliver’s poetry.
Oh, be ready to be very delighted dear Philip!
You might enjoy this post from Maria Popova that turned up in my inbox this morning:
Miriam the world is blessed by your Presence. Thank You.Thank you.
exquisite dear ML, as you are
I’m so happy you liked it, dearest, exquisite Suzanne. ❤