Happy Birthday, Henry!

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 Here’s an excerpt from today’s Almanac:


It’s the birthday of the man who said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” That’s Henry David Thoreau, (books by this author) born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts (1817). In 1854, he published Walden, or Life in the Woods, which has become a beloved classic.


So, Henry, you live on in our minds and hearts and woods. 

Here’s my gift to you.  Thanks for the inspiration.


In the Wild Gardens : A Haiku for Henry


Probe a silent place

of lichen, logs and humus  

 where the sidewalk ends.


Sink deep in its peace.

The earth speaks to everyone.

Listen with your heart.



Seek cleft and crevice.

Get chummy with the wild

around the next turn.


Primitive seeds drift

free like flashing fireflies,

content and carefree.


The weight of a leaf

in the lap of the forest       

embraces rebirth.        


The water-worn stone,

the solitary boulder,

breathe hushed poetry.


On each spot of earth

the secret life of nature

makes a patchwork quilt.


originally published by Henry Thoreau Society