May morning after rain

May morning after rain

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Our Daily Bread: Kansas Skies

Sunset on my way to a meeting in Stafford last evening, September 20, 2016

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a writer, I never seem to lack words and that quote has always stuck in my craw a bit, if truth is told. However, my former editors would likely say that I could be a little less effuse as they tried to pare down my words to fit under a headline.

However, while I don't often lack words, I sometimes lack time. Today, I'm sharing more pictures than words. I am blessed to witness many a sunrise and sunset from the County Line. I sometimes take the photos and don't end up sharing it via a blog or Facebook post.

I think Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right:

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the sky is daily bread, it's a never-ending banquet filled with variety. So here are some recent sky favorites, along with some quotes from other people. 
When we look up, it widens our horizons. 
We see what a little speck we are in the universe, 
so insignificant, 
and we all take ourselves so seriously, 
but in the sky, 
there are no boundaries. 
No differences of caste or religion or race. 
~Julia Gregson

The sky is that beautiful old parchment 
in which the sun and the moon keep their diary. 
~Alfred Kreymborg

Sun-dust. —Thoreau
Reach of primrose sky
With heaven's pale candles stored. —Jean Ingelow
Light a little trembling in the gray,
Above the folded hills. —Mrs. Browning
[The Morning Moon:]
The stars burned out in the pale blue air,
And the thin, white moon lay withering there. —Shelley

The level sun, like ruddy ore,
Lay sinking in the barren skies. —Jean Ingelow
White moonlight comes
And takes the inert landscape by surprise. —Unknown
~Hannah R. Hudson, "Word-Painting," Poems, 1874 

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise 
if we have waited in the darkness.
 ~Author Unknown

I thank you God for this most amazing day, 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, 
and for the blue dream of sky 
and for everything which is natural,
 which is infinite, which is yes. 
~e.e. cummings 
There are no rules of architecture 
for a castle in the clouds.
- G.K. Chesterton

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, 
but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. 
~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther
To see the summer sky
Is poetry, though never in a book it lie.
True poems flee.
Emily Dickinson, c.1879


  1. Oh the joy of sunrises, sunsets and a waning moon.
    just love how you have combined them with these quotes.

    1. Thanks, Helen! The photos never quite capture them, but I keep trying!