Sunday Thoughts ~ “Whistling Swans”

Winter Swan Lake

Good Sunday morning, beautiful souls.  Today, I would like to share something I feel is lovely and Sunday appropriate.  It was among my volumes of beautiful things I have collected through the years and was written by Mary Oliver.  The title is Whistling Swans.

Do you bow your head when you pray or do you look up into that blue space?

Take your choice, prayers fly from all directions.  And don’t worry about what language you use, God no doubt understands them all.

onceuponawildflower: “Kourtney Jackson Smith ”

Even when the swans are flying north and making such a ruckus of noise, God is surely listening and understanding.

yes-yolan: “Bello cisne ”

Rumi said, “There is no proof of soul.”

But isn’t the return of spring and how it springs up in our hearts a pretty good hint?

afaerytalelife: “I want to be the swan on the lake — live a graceful life and float like a daydream on the water until it pulls me in and becomes the most peaceful grave. ”

Yes, I know, God’s silence never breaks,  but is that really a problem?  There are thousands of voices, after all.

And furthermore, don’t you imagine ( I just suggest it) that swans know as much as we do about the whole business?

So listen to them and watch them, singing as they fly.

omg-bama: “swan by xthumbtakx ”

Take from it what you can.”

Dear friends, thank you for your visit.  Know I am wishing you and yours a peaceful and lovely day.


In the week ahead

May you…

“Hear the music, the thunder of the wings…” ~ Robinson Jeffers






Note:  Mary Jane Oliver (1935-2019), was an American poet.  She was the winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.

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Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
1 year ago

Good Sunday Morning! Another beautiful post. Have a wonderful day.

1 year ago

What a gorgeous post!Stunning pictures!Have a blessed day!

maria dolores velasco vidal

My friend Sandra had never asked me if, when we pray, we lower our heads in remembrance … or why not? Raise your head to admire the vastness of the sky … you know? That enchanted me.
The photos are splendid, very beautiful, but more beautiful are the thoughts you leave us in each of them ready to meditate before such a beautiful nature.
A good week friend

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
1 year ago

Such a beautiful post, Sandra! Happy Sunday, sweet friend!!!

1 year ago

This is exquisite in every way, Sandra. A Happy Week to you!

Pam Richardson
1 year ago

Sandra, you have such a gift to marry images and quotes along with your own sentiments. You share a gift of beauty every Sunday and thoughts to ponder. Thank you my friend. Wishing you a most delightful week❤️

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life

Oh, that is a lovely piece by Mary Oliver. Thank you so much, Sandra, for sharing it with us and pairing its lines with those gorgeous photos. There is something just so elegant and wondrous about swans. When I was a little girl, I would sometimes ask my dad to draw me a picture. He’d oblige by sketching a simple pencil drawing of a swan with her long neck and feathery wings and always set her on a little pond of water. I used to love those little sketches, and I’m sorry to say a copy never survived, but I… Read more »

1 year ago

THIS…is just so so lovely! The words, your heart, those swan images. Beyond inspiring and thought provoking dear friend. Thank you for sharing your gift with us, you have such a talent for marrying the right images with sweet words. Wishing you a beautiful week ahead! xo Lidy