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I sit and think

April 26-2014-3On Saturdays everyone else sleeps in. I am up before the sun, coffee in hand, and I sit and think.

When I snapped this picture recently, I didn’t mean to include the poor French lavender done in by winter’s cold. Yet the contrast between old and new reminded me of J. R. R. Tolkien’s poem.

I Sit And Think by J.R.R. Tolkein

I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring there is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago,
and people who will see a world that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet and voices at the door.

© J R R Tolkien. All rights reserved

4 thoughts on “I sit and think

  1. That poem has always been my favourite part of the Tolkien books. And, yes, your picture fits with that. There is no real blooms here yet except for on the store shelves. I hope to buy a perennial lavender plant as part of my gardening next month.

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