We were sharing some thoughts on our relationship with nature when I rudely interrupted our discussion with the smell of chips. Sorry about that, but the aroma lured me and I just had to share some thoughts on it. So lets get back to nature.
Laurens Van Der Post is one writer who I believe has the capacity to describe nature in prose so beautiful, that it just oozes a natural spirituality which is profound, yet simple. I’d like to share some of this prose with you. Here’s a piece from his book “First Catch Your Eland” describing the sounds of an African night.
” …there was in these sounds and sights something of the nature of a prayer for a way of life for sheer living’s sake which is Africa’s great gift to the modern world. They made the night a temple and I was always struck how, after the roar of one lion, in the pause before another answered it, all the other voices of darkness, like the crickets which raised their own hallelujahs, would be silenced as if by divine command.”
If you have heard the roar of a lion in the darkness of an African night, you’ll know what Van Der Post means.