Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 2

Thank you to the lovely Anchal Sethi for including me in this three quotes for three days challenge!

The lover of nature is she/he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into woman/manhood.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wanted to share this quote with y’all not only because of what it says, but also to share some erasure poems I did using the text of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, which is where this quote comes from.

An erasure poem is a poem created using some sort of text and altering it by selecting specific words or phrases to produce something new. Erasures can be used as a way to start a poem or as a new poem themselves.

I personally love erasure poems because they are more freely created and the words I select from the text I use sort of jump off of the page at me. I don’t really read through every word of the text, I quickly skim and sometimes go through the text backwards.

Here are the images of my erasures created from the book Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have written what each page says below the image of it; some of the words are hard to make out. Every dash indicates the start of a new poem.


-Criticism we stream dry bones demand no questions inquire nature? But scarcely unsound truth explain all phenomena.

Separate nature and common sense to unchange man; -art is chipping an impression

to give man the universe the stars mountains a stick of timber

but none speak man becomes breathless nature is twilight -good fortune of life can befall into universal

acquaintances wilderness in the streets the suggestion unacknowledged is not unknown it is overspread then lost

-Commodity into misery like rich air this tent of dropping clouds…

Quote Challenge Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 per day)
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

My Nominees:

Cloud and Sunshine ☀️

Petal Hugs 🌸

Born Into The Wild Life 🦄


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