|The Prayer of the Woods|
This postcard is in excellent unused condition, but isn't as old as many we have been posting. This one is from about 1960, so about 55 years old. We did a little research on the WWW and found that this sign is apparently posted in several places. However, this particular sign, near Yellowstone Park is fairly rare in the online images. We were also unable to determine if the sign is actually in the Park or just near the Silver Gate entrance. In any event, we like the Prayer.
I am the heat of your hearth on cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on. I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie and the timber that holds your boat. I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle and the shell of your coffin. I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer; harm me not.
from the Portuguese
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.
I guess the wood in the woods does all those things. I also like the plants, the ferns, the birds, the wild animals, none of which I would harm, either. :-)ReplyDelete
John, that is such a lovely poem to share on this Monday morning. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Lovely prayer. My husband is a woodworker so he likes it too.ReplyDelete
Stopped by. Enjoyed. Happy Monday.ReplyDelete
That is very interesting.ReplyDelete
Good one. Enjoyed the prayer.ReplyDelete
i like this very much!ReplyDelete
What a lovely prayer.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful, complete prayer. Thank you so much for sharing this, John.ReplyDelete