Buffalos crossing bridge at sunset.

Parting Day

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

Thomas Gray (1750)

Dawn and dusk offer us dependable opportunities to connect to the natural world, and maybe to more than that world. In their inexorable regularity we find a safe anchorage; a haven protected a little from life’s turmoil. That stillness allows sights and sounds that we regard as beautiful. While we may or may not claim to understand such beauty, we seem universally to assent to the importance of these experiences. Beauty, our home in the natural world, and time, come to us inextricably bound together.


Children herding their buffalo home at dusk near National Route 32 in Yên Bái Province, northern Vietnam. ‘Elegy written in a country churchyard’ was composed when Gray was 34, he died in 1771.


Saturday 23rd
February 2019

Murphy on duty

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