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Poetry Corner: Mountain Thoughts

On 21st of April, 1838, John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland.

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John Muir was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer of distinction. At age 10, he emigrated to the United States with his family.

Muir embraced all nature from mosquitoes to mountain ranges, recognising that everything is connected.  His passion for wild places led to a life-long quest to protect them.

Muir’s writings helped people understand the importance of wildness. His activism saved Yosemite Valley in California and helped create the world’s first national park system. Discover John Muir

In Scotland the John Muir Way runs from Helensburgh in the West to Dunbar in the East. It is 134 miles long.

Mountain Thoughts

by John Muir

The Sierra

Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving. . . .

Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us.

The sun shines not on us but in us.

The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.

The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and;

tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.

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