Garden Visitor

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The songs of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”

~ Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858-1932), “God’s Garden” lines 13–16, Poems, by Dorothy Frances Gurney
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A freshly emerged monarch butterfly flits about a garden in Duluth, Minnesota.

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From a Distance

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From a distance the world looks blue and green,

     and the snow-capped mountains white.

From a distance the ocean meets the stream,

     and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,

     and it echoes through the land.

It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,

     it’s the voice of every man.

from the lyrics for ‘From A Distance’ (Bette Midler)