My Heart Soars Like An Eagle

Chief Dan George spoke that  unforgettable line in the movie “Little Big Man”.  Those words perfectly  described my state of being while hiking the Hoover Wilderness,  last week.  The air was moist with the dampness of forest  gifted with the beginnings of winter’s snow. The temperature was a perfect 60 degrees. The light was magically crisp.  No other person to be found, no angular noise offered other than what this clumsy two- legged generated.  There was  just the sublime hum of nature telling it’s story, holding court to one enraptured soul.

The scale of the landscape is impressive, I highly recommend clicking on the photos to enlarge them.








Canadian actor Donald Sutherland quoted from Chief Dan George’s poem “My Heart Soars” in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver:

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.

The faintness of the stars,
the freshness of the morning,
the dew drop on the flower,
speaks to me.

The strength of fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
And the life that never goes away,
They speak to me.
And my heart soars.



8 thoughts on “My Heart Soars Like An Eagle

  1. Beautiful, Bruce. Thank you. There is an actual bald eagle residing at Washoe Lake as of this week.


    On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM, Bruce Czopek

  2. Awesome power in those mountains.
    I remember “Little Big Man” and the part where Chief Dan George said it was a good day to die. He was so positive that he was going to die that he laid down outside and waited. I believe when it started to rain on him, he got up and walked back home. It was a great movie. Made my heart soar like an eagle….

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