Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stratum upon Stratum

The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history,
 stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book,
 to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly,
 but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, 
which precede flowers and fruit - not a fossil earth,
 but a living earth;
 compared with whose great central life 
all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic.
~Henry David Thoreau~