Thursday, July 29, 2010

Where the Heart Opens

This is how a human being can change:

There's a worm addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something
wakes him up, and he's no longer a worm. 

He's the entire vineyard, 
and the orchard too,
the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that doesn't need to devour.

This is how you change
when you go to the orchard
where the heart opens:


The photographs are mine.


  1. You have apples, many apples. And, you have grapes. That looks like an old tub.

    You must be having a blast with all that fruit.

    Something about a bear?

    (Jack Matthews, Sage to Meadow)

  2. Two of these old tubs were left here, along with many other useful items. It's been fun discovering something new almost every day.

  3. Beautiful, just beautiful. Both the words and the pics! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  4. Thank you, Joan! I was just wondering if you'd made the move to Tennessee yet...

  5. Hope you're not planning on lifting the tub of apples, way too heavy. Looks great, change is fun too.

  6. Hi Linda! I transferred a few off the top and then, yes, I did lift it. Heavy, but satisfying to carry. The weight felt good. I took them to my fridge in the nearby cabin, the perfect temporary storage.

  7. Hello Teresa! Those lovely apples and pretty photos of yours! There are so many apples now and they are just delicious. Your climate is good for grapes too. Not here, but I have sown some seeds in a pot and I have now got the finest little cute "grape-tree". It has grown and was moved to a larger pot. Do you know when it will get flowers? It's now one year old.

  8. Grethe, I am woefully ignorant, with much to learn, about the things that were here when I arrived. I have to figure out proper pruning and when to pick. As far as your little tree goes, grapes actually grow on the vines that should develop and they will need a trellis or some such thing for support eventually. Climates and the types of grapes all add to the need for more information. If I find out anything helpful, I will surely share it with you.

  9. Hej Teresa! Thank you, I don't think my little grape tree will ever come so far. It's growing in my window! I don't have a garden anymore. I also have a "lemon tree", grown from seeds from a lemon, it is now almost 1 meter high and very fine! When I rub a leaf it smells like lemon.

  10. Those photos are so beautiful, I almost forgot to read your words.

  11. God this is beautiful. The images, the words. In my Master's program I have just discovered that all of the texts for one particular class are books by Rumi. I can't wait to devour them, like the worm he speaks of. :)

  12. SL: Thank You! The simple truth of Rumi's words grows on me more and more every day.

    Kristy: How great is that! You're going to love his poetry, his thoughts.

  13. Teresa,
    The perfect blend of verse and images running through this post. Lovely. That photo of the red ladder in the shade with apples at base is itself yummy. Never too many apples and grapes. I haven't read all of Rumi, but those pieces I have read over time continue to ruminate. Sorry, couldn't resist. That last image of the apples in sunlight, surrounded by the lush greenery...magic.

  14. Chris,
    Thank you for your kind words. My photos are improving bit by bit. I am ever so grateful for your comments, as your photography is so good. Your love of this world helps you to see what is there and then photo opps are everywhere, aren't they? I liked the apples in the sunlight, too. I think it speaks of hearts opening. I like your pun.
    Big Hug,