because wild things accept their passionate nature

March 16, 2020

In wild places like this one, passion is everywhere and unavoidable and feels so much bigger that any passion we humans can own. Maybe this is because wild things accept their passionate nature fully, submit to it easily, while our overdeveloped brains, in the face of overwhelming passion, send up billowing clouds of smoke and noise. In Point Reyes today, every time the ocean strikes the cliffs it says, Take me in your arms, every time the wind whips the branches of the giant eucalyptus it says, Open your eyes and watch me while I touch you, every time a pelican dives into the roiling ocean it says, I surrender to you completely, I believe you will fill me up.

Pam Houston
What the Osprey Knows
Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, eds. Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney

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