your one wild and precious life

by Rachele Schneekloth July. 07, 2021 835 views

My new friend Joe

My new friend Joe

Joe's father got this car 31 years ago. Joe helped me with my bike, told me an amazing story about his dad, and we tried out a crazy handshake at the 7-11. What a great guy.

Joe's father got this car 31 years ago. Joe helped me with my bike, told me an amazing story about his dad, and we tried out a crazy handshake at the 7-11. What a great guy.

I have photographed Joe before at Broderick Park, he pointed out the Great Blue Heron last night

I have photographed Joe before at Broderick Park, he pointed out the Great Blue Heron last night

I met Amou

I met Amou

Len

Len

Tay Tay

Tay Tay

I met Eddie's sister Ebony

I met Eddie's sister Ebony

I met Tya

I met Tya

I met Greg

I met Greg

"The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down --
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
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John Durham 2 months, 1 week ago

Outstanding series to illustrate a monumental work - I keep "New and Selected Poems" right by my desk and read some virtually every day.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to John Durham 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much John. This poem is one of my very favorites.

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Chuck Staruch 2 months, 1 week ago

A day in the lives .. beautiful!camera

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Chuck Staruch 2 months, 1 week ago

I appreciate your comment!

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Tom Snider 2 months, 1 week ago

Fun and beautiful.  Thanks, Rachele.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Tom Snider 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Tom!

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Leon Linder 2 months, 1 week ago

You photograph a life so many of us don't see. Thanks for giving a little light so we may see also.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Leon Linder 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Leon!

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