Sunday, 28 of August of 2016

John Moffitt – To Look At Anything

John Moffitt spent his last 60 years in Castle Rock, WA where he delivered mail and socked away big money from logging his land. He was a reclusive and mysterious millionaire who passed away in 1989.

He lived in a shack and cared for a pack of nearly wild dogs. He loved writing poetry, gardening, playing the piano and collecting things.

To this day the John Moffitt Foundation annually donates as much as $150,000 to local and international charitable organizations. When he was alive the donations ended whenever a recipient did not honor his anonymity.
To look at any thing,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say,
“I have seen spring in these
Woods,” will not do – you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of
Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,
You must enter in
To the small silences between
The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from.

~ John Moffitt ~


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