Pattern and Purpose

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Somehow, the silent working of this spider, relentlessly, tirelessly doing the next thing, spinning the threads of another day of waiting, not knowing…

Somehow, the regular, expert lines of concentric effort with a plan, not so much in mind as in the whole of its body…

Somehow the simple black and white of this vision this morning on an ordinary walk in an ordinary place, of an ordinary and simple creature going about its day…

Was a comfort to me. Perhaps it can be to you.

 


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

2 comments:

  1. They are always a comfort, Fred, love finding them in hedgerows at first light as Beau and I potter about. Thank you for this one.

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