|Writting More messages
. I went the way by the field where
Aidan of Iona
come from Lindisfarne was on yesterday. I climbed the fence. I
about. He was not there today. But there were
Bede of Jarrow
and Felix of Croyland. I did have talks with them. I went on. I went on to the
where the willows grew. I gathered watercress for the
. Then I did go my way to the
house we live in
. No one was there. I put the watercress for the mamma on the cook table. Then I did bring much wood in and put it in the woodbox back of the kitchen
||After the chickens did have their supper feed, I did go into the
. I so went to tie the messages I did print on gray leaves to the trees. And I tied one on one tree and one on another. I tied them there that they may go in thoughts to
Angel Mother and Angel Father
up in heaven there. And I did have thinks when the angels come to walk in the near woods they would see and carry them on. And I did say a little prayer every time I did tie on a leaf-message.
||I did look looks about. This woods is gray in winter when come cold days. And gray shadows walk among the trees. They touch one's face with velvet fingers when one goes walking there in the woods. In the winter old gray leaves grow to look like lace. They are very beautiful. As I did go along, I saw many gray rocks. Some gray rocks had gray and green patches on them. Some of these patches had ruffles all around their edges. The gray patches on gray rocks are lichens. My
||Lichen folks talk in gray tones. I think they do talk more when come winter days. I hear their voices more in December than I do hear their voices in July and June time.
did show me the way to listen to lichen voices. Most grown-ups don't hear them at all. I see them walk right by -- in a hurry sometimes. And all the time the lichen folks are saying things. And the things they say are their thoughts about the gladness of a winter day. I put my ear close to the rocks and I listen. That is how I do hear what they are saying. Then I do take a reed for a flute. I climb on a stump -- on the most high stump that is near. I pipe on the flute to the wind what the lichens are saying. I am piper for the lichens that
on the gray rocks, and the lichens that cling to the trees grown old.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003