Pure Reverence | Free Spirit Volume 2010 Issue 4

Finding Beauty In A Broken World

by Terry Tempest Williams

“I watched Prairie Dogs every day, rise before the sun, stand with their paws pressed together facing the rising sun in total stillness for up to 30 minutes,” says Williams.

“And then I watched them at the end of the day take that same gesture 30 minutes before the sun goes down― they would again press their palms together in perfect stillness.”

“I don’t mean to anthropomorphize, but when you look at a creature that has survived over the millennium begin and end each day in this way, it causes one to think about one’s own life, the speed and rapidity in which we live.”


*TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS is an environmentalist committed to showing man’s impact on the land.