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Alabaster Fields, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Alabaster Fields - Ascend to alabaster fields Where breezes rustle petal clouds With their hoards of golden nectar There to rob the gold And leave the flowers fallow
Come Hither Petals, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Come Hither Petals - Come hither, sighed she This sweetness I shall offer you Soft petals parted
Queen of the Bazaar, Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Frailty - To frailty There is a power Borne of compassion When compassion fails Frailty is where the boot comes down The hardest
Tantalus Cloud Race, Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Time ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #242 - I often wish That I could perceive time Like a hummingbird does Slow the world down And watch the air ruffle its feathers On every delicate beat Hear the swish of its wing Rather than the hum and blur Of time compressed beyond imagining
Star Chamber, The Alhambra, Grenada, Spain Star Chamber - Within the chamber Starry light Small portals fill The darkest night With glow enough To see my way Then find again The light of day
Joshua Tree Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States of America Stone ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #241 - This forest of stone Rotting on the desert plain Rain the destroyer
Moonglow - A promise of possibility coming Here the night made bright Though by no small trickery And patience Moonglow breaks the darkness While the stars take flight In the cool blue of winter chill But for the warmth of amber hearths
Afternoon Ride, Creekside Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada The Turn that is not Return - The world begins To turn again No longer still Though somnolent, still The long exhale Following the deep, deep breath The moment which moves Between the change And knowing There is no going back
A Study of Line, Diwan-i-Am, Hall of Audience, Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Line ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #240 - Such exquisite line Forms an art without figure The face of Islam
Winding Road to Valley Floor, Father Crowley Outlook, Panamint Valley, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America Winding ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #239 - The road winds down To valley floor From there the way Cannot be known With scant resource For alternates My faith is firm No other course Now heart resolved Courage mustered With just one step My fears dissolved
Planet of Two Suns, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America Stovepipe - Stovepipe is a planet of two suns Rarely seen whole Through dense clouds Which never shed rain The stone marker A memorial to those who had come But otherwise left no mark After the third colony failed The only visitors would be Passersby and tourists checking off a box
That's a lotta Washingtons! Sourdough Bar & Grill, Beatty, Nevada, United States of America The Bar & Grill of Passing Thru - It was one of those American small-town off-the-main-attraction tourist bar & grills papered with dollar bills, George Washington in all his unemotional placidity staring back at me from wall, pillar and ceiling. Off-season empty but for a pair of locals playing darts and a couple passing through on the way to somewhere relatives and presents waited for them. It was hard to tell whether the twinkle lights were seasonal or permanent, but there was no other sign of the holiday. So, permanent.
Gallery Exhibit, Goosenecks State Park, Utah, United States of America Snake - Power snakes through epochs Scale lost in time and space Human stands on canyon edge diminished
Patrick, Vagabond, Seman Hotel, Kashgar, Xinjiang, China Vagabond ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #238 - To move Through time and space By act of will Undeterred and Undirected by Duty or responsibility Led not by Leash or force Nor beholden to another's wish But to stay In just one place So long as restless heart desires this Then move along To some place other There to see what I may find
The Little Heron Lingers, Britannia Beach, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Linger - Nearly lost In a palette of greys The little heron lingers One-legged in the winter chill With a meditative peace I only dream of mastering
Slate Sea, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Weekends - Sail the slate sea On friendly breeze Which powers me Hold the tiller fast As grey gulls surf The unseen wave Leeward of the mast And I at peace In my dead reckoning Far between the harbours Of duty and burden Riding the tide of release
Empty Time and Space, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Unfilled - Time and space Seem empty Without your Presence
Beneath a Virtual Moon, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Androgyny Domine - Under androgynous sky Sun or moon Father or mother The camera never lies But the photographer Knows how to fib
Pinnacle Obscura - There is a path To distant peak Though peak itself Remains obscure And should I find A mountaintop Who's to say I find the one Reserved to some Refused to those Who've never known The pinnacle
Grunge on the Sound, Porteau Cove, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Grunge - On every beauty find redress The film of some small discontent Such that those who can't possess May pose desire circumvent But I this beauty's grunge perceive Projection of my ego's fear So let such love that cannot be Reveal my weakness to be clear
Heron & Crows Beneath the Layers, Britannia Beach, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Disturbing Beauty - Many layers deep The serrated edge cuts Through the camouflage of bullshit Reveals a jagged truth Painful and disturbing Integrity's challenge Never are we more beautiful Than when we conquer The falsehoods of our fears
Winter Crisp, Britannia Beach, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Winter Capture - Wind and whitecaps swish about Sounds as crisp as winter air My near frostbitten ears select Imagine gentle warmth In sunlight's amber hue detect I linger here Instead the heated hearth of home Frigid fingers upon my camera work Until chill moment captured thus By an eye that cannot shirk
Before the Sun Ever Rose, Britannia Beach, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Out of the Nothingness - Before the sun ever rose In the time before time Or consciousness Or biology In the infinity of moments passing Before a moment could be noticed What choice was there but to be Though such was not a choice In the next infinity of moments passing Before a moment could be valued What choice was there to be good What choice was there to be evil So I wonder if Somehow The more we choose to value The less we choose to be The more good and evil we create Out of the nothingness of being Which preceded time
Log Booms XV, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Transition ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #237 - Departing crippled harbour As night approaches day Light fails on near horizon Transition now at play Some might say Dark times ahead But unknowns Are not darkness One hand holds the chalk of light While the other clears the slate Upon the dark revealed we write With clarity our fate
Mathura Junction in 1600th Time, Mathura Junction Railway Station, Uttar Pradesh, India Untold Stories - Every picture tells a story While the stories photographed Remain untold
On a Stroll, New Delhi to Agra Train, Uttar Pradesh, India A Present I Still Remember - I remember the litter before "Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!" I remember the smog before the Clean Air Act I remember it sung "the world is a ghetto" all the truer now Left to wonder how so few can remember From where we have come To where we'll return And where we are stuck
Beautiful Scene, New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, India Come - This is not a place for the faint of culture Or order Or hygiene Or poverty Nonetheless, they should come This is not a place for those Who dislike the crush of a crowd Who want a fresh coat of paint Or a breath of fresh air Nonetheless, they should come This is not a place for those who believe That people's conditions reflect their choices That there is one right way to live Or one way to think Nonetheless, come
Gridlock, Chandni Chowk Market, Old Delhi district, New Delhi, India Small in a Time of Grand - Missing small moments In crowded worlds of being Isolated times
Buttressed, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain Death of the Narcissist - He erected a balustrade of excuses and lies A weak defense overcome By firing rounds of fact Between the spindly balusters The entire structure collapsed Under the weight of culpability Leaving him, finally, exposed Had he any integrity at all Such a rampart may have protected him Buttressing his image sealed his doom
Vanishing Point, Museu de les Ciències Príncep Felip, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Blocking Point - I tried to find the words today But the words would not converge Themes and thoughts that did emerge With promise of infinity Then vanished at a wall Leaving not a word at all Instead I wrote this deathly dirge To writer's block I fall
Caged Bird, Spanish Air Force Dassault Mirage III EE, Museu de les Ciències, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Freedom ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #236 - She told me why the caged bird sings She told me of the rage That the pain creates How it colours everything I can't perch where the caged bird sings But to her fearful trill Take up harmony This free bird sings so to keep her wing I cannot perch where the caged bird sings But I hear her song Take up harmony This free bird sings so to keep her wing
The Devil's in the Details, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain All Details Great and Small - Pristine Meticulous order Black chairs on black tables White chairs on white tables Perfectly placed Deliciously spaced Every detail attended to Clean lines and sturdy grace All reflected in polished stone But later I notice A chair is missing Crumbs scattered on a table In a lifetime dedicated To observing the nuances Of all details great and small I wonder What is the larger world All that I've seen? Or all that I've seen But never saw... Suddenly The world I know Seems very small
Up or Down, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain Being in the Grey - Sometimes I prefer the grey Shadows can be too dark Highlights can be too bright In the grey all is line and texture I see the form of what is Without interpreting darkness and light
Alcoves, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain Breathing the Moment - In an alcove of my mind Tucked away from memories and desires I find this moment Of nothing but breath The sensation of breathing Awareness of the necessity Of nothing but breathing Breathe in this moment Breathe out the past Breathe in this moment Breathe out the future Breathe in this moment Every inhaled breath Overflows the alcove Expands into every aspect of mind Every exhaled breath Empties the mind Allowing the moment to flow into it I breathe Until all that I am Is this single moment
A Spectacular Place to Visit, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain A spectacular place to visit… - Architects sometimes Appeal mostly to mind No love for the heart In masterful lines Don't misunderstand me Such exquisite abstraction Just lacking romance A place to admire A picture to hang But to live there no chance
Cat and Mouse, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Mouse & Cat - It's cat and mouse The endless game Which we all play Except the days The cat's away When's not the same Around the house Now should you stay Here on this day Might we not pray The time has come For mouse and cat To mellow some And end this spat
Proxima Centauri b, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Rant ! Pic and a Word Challenge #235 - "It's like it's Earth but it's not Earth" She shook a little with her distress Speaking between tightened lips Just barely containing a primal scream "I don't mind the old-Earth tenements Their utilitarian simplicity But why does every other building Have to look like the cover Of an Arthur C. Clarke paperback Couldn't we come up with A more interesting 'future' Than one dreamed up by hack illustrators Over two centuries ago" Jinessa was just getting started When she goes full rant You can either cower and exit Or saddle up and ride it for the eight count I struggled to get a foot in the stirrup As her exasperation rose
Gods House, Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, Valencia, Spain My Favourite House - Inside God's House Awed by the ode In the company of worshipers Some for God Some for his house But I think on it And in the reflect I see I prefer Love's House Which is any house Where there's you and me
Grandiose, Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, Valencia, Spain On the Finer Points of the Grandiose - I like to imagine a society Which would erect such grand monuments Only after the eradication of Poverty Inequity Subjugation Though I rather imagine such a society Would have little interest In erecting such grand monuments Perhaps such a society Would be too busy building On its commitment to Love Compassion Generosity
Golden Tears, Fuente del Turia -- Turia Fountain, Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, Spain Tears - Tears flow golden Down her cheek Then fall to ground Where forms a pool From gentle creek There streams and rivers Come to rest Display the sorrows Which some detest "Wait for the facts You can't protest!" What have we But video And patterns written Long ago To actions spoken Our words will out If some won't listen Justice shouts
Hollowed Halls, Valencia Cathedral, Valencia, Catalonia, Spain Hollowed Halls - Beneath the stone of arcing hollow Echo footfalls of the hallows Seep through time long silenced whispers Fall on ears inclined to listen Bishops under Cardinals Princes of the capital Too all manner of celebrity Still I prefer simplicity Whose condition leaves them most to gain While every pittance rendered unto greedy hand Far too much where hope of sustenance is lain Yet they, it ever seems, offer most without demand
Unopened, Doorway, Valencia, Catalonia, Spain Unopened - Barrier Closed and locked But easily opened From the inside If you would let me in
What Light through Yonder Skyline Breaks, Central Market, Valencia, Catalonia, Spain Dimming Light - The light which skylight glass admits Be grey and dour as such the day commits While just as dim our life in quarantine submits Then random seem the ones for whom disease remits Their darkest hour To bed confined For none the power To stall the march of death's decline And so alone Souls pass away While not a hand Is offered they But latex glove The touch at end of earthly stay
Formidable Maiden of the Fountain, Central Market, Valencia, Catalonia, Spain First Responders - She strode from the chaos With an extraordinary self-possession Intent on some minor stain or damage to her frock As if all that mattered in this world Was her appearance in it It was impossible to know If her composure reflected disoriented shock Or disdain for the physical danger She had not yet entirely escaped Until she let the hem fall down her thigh Turned her attention toward her destination
Form Throws Function on its Head, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Function Tags Along - Form follows function The prophet, Sullivan, preached Writing the gospel of Purpose Informs Art On landscapes and city streets Ah, sighs Calatrava And erects his Mona Lisa smile Its contrarian pulse The blood flowing through Valencia's veins As form takes flight With function on its wing I revel in dreamy whimsy With purpose in the wake
Line and Texture, Palau De Les Arts, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Awed - Awed by the imagination of others I am inspired to create Without boundary Or fear
Shootin' the Shit, Bar Mendizábal, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Presence ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #234 - We didn't come here For the beer Or the snacks Or to share a cigarette Once we'd finished those It wasn't for the words we'd speak Or to look into each other's eyes (You never took off your sunglasses) To see or be seen Or for a breath of fresh city air In the chill afternoon
Shadow and Light, Museu de les Ciències, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Leaving The Grey Between - We are these incredible creatures Of both darkness and light We keep buried so very deeply So we might never know how full Is the pain of our despair Or the beauty of our spirit Or the strength we might show If we could but release ourselves From the grey we have created To keep the best of ourselves And the worst of ourselves Beneath the skin Beneath our consciousness Beyond our capacity To love
From Cheakamus to Tantalus, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Before… - Before the sky The peaks Before the peaks The hills Before the hills The valley Before the valley I must leave This place of numbing Before I die
The Creeping Darkness, Peeling Paint, Britannia Beach, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada In the Hollows - Branches of darkness Reach out for me But I resist If only just Still... That is enough To stave the pain In this hollow I've carved out From tendrils of deepest sorrow I find resolve to carry on
Deep Valley, Seton Lake, Shalalth, Mission Mountain Road, British Columbia, Canada Deep Valley - Azure the lake Azure the sky Then in between The verdigris And igneous Within them all Find I
Sunset Lovers, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Embraced - I embrace myself With the memory Of your presence
Glorious Failing Sun, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, Wild Pacific Trail, British Columbia, Canada Glorious Fail - Enthralled by failing sun Or so some poets have defined As if a star could somehow falter In none but cataclysmic time Composed in peace at daylight's end And with this thought remind That failure rarely renders With such glorious design<
Rearview, South on State Road 375, Nevada, United States of America Choices - I make choices Sometimes they're wrong Sometimes they're right Sometimes I know Which way they're going to go Even before I make them More often they go The way they're going to go Long before I see the right or the wrong I make choices Sometimes I realize Sometimes I don't Until they're in the rear view mirror
Post Harvest, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada Harvest ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #233 - Fields emptied Silos filled Soon the loaves From flour milled
In Golden Rows, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada Golden - The wheat goes ever on and on O'er the hill and far beyond In row on subtle row it grows The fruit of heart and hand and mind The gold beneath the indigo
Hold & Reveal - Dark Island Tide recedes Amber glow Inner light So long as I hold the one Let the other be revealed
Called to the Sea, Amphitrite Point, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada The Calling - The beacon calls them Those who seek the shore Those who yearn for the sea
Cloudy, Cloudy Day, Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Cloudy, Cloudy Day - Cloudy, cloudy day Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a winter's day With eyes that know the darkness in my soul Horizon's changing hue Power in the waves come due Dashing on the shore that's you In aqua on the broken rocky land Now I understand What you tried to say to me And how you suffered for your father's deeds And why you'd need to set me free I would not listen, I did not know how Perhaps I'll listen now
Rugged Shore, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Clolumbia, Canada Black & Blue - Broken blackened rock Storm season surge sunders shore Azure calm breaks through
Buffeted - Islands in the sky Buffeted by the winds as The sea upon the rocks And I in the storm Enthralled by the beauty of Violent nature Moved to pondering The nature of violence Buffeting within
Desert Highway, Highway 127, Death Valley Road, Dumont Little Dunes, California, United States of America Desert Highway - Desert highways Strips of empty pavement Crossing expanses of isolation Lifeless seeming, lonesome Stillness, quiet, patience Reveal a vibrant pattern of life Just as for the terrain they cross Just as stillness, quiet, patience Reveal the vibrant pattern of being Within
Crosscurrents, Badlands, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada Emergent ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #232 - Sometimes the flow of events Runs across the prevailing currents Revealing both in high relief Some will argue for the flow Some will argue for the current I remind myself Step back to appreciate the whole Evaluate the emergent patterns Given an opportunity to observe Beyond the confines of existing paradigms Seek the possibility of a new way
Barnacles and Mussel, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Character - On principle stand Alone among the masses Character tested
Fetch, Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Grey Joy - On a day Of unremitting grey I find a moment Of pure passion And joy
The Gateway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Gateway - It appeared as a gateway in the sky A portal to other possibilities Though, perhaps, few saw it that way Panic gripped much of the world Keeping them inside, locked away Sharing their fear and uplifting messages Of hope and determination to see it through Sharing their confusion and conspiracy theories Simplistic and simple-minded explanations Of a phenomenon clearly no one understood
Turned Away, Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Reserve, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Rolling onto Shore - The swells roll in An ever presence Like you my friend Always there to come to me Even when I turn away Perhaps I am your shore The solid ground You'll always find Always there to welcome you Even if I've turned away
Rugged Sunset, Food Islets, Near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Lockdown - Upon the rocky shore I stand Curvature of Earth pronounced By band of amber sky beyond Horizon's edge I cannot reach Nor sail for regions yet unseen Confined am I to stony beach And yet my beating heart's content Relies on dreams which circumvent The confines of this covenant
Worlds I Create, Food Islets, Near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Worlds I Create - I create these worlds Of personal sanctuary A beauty and calm Cloaking distress and fear Palaces of chilling warmth An argument with reality Which cannot be won I remind myself The world of distress and fear Is also a creation of mine The cloak only gives it power The palace of true warmth Is the light of my own heart Which cannot be sundered
Narrow Passage, Food Islets, Near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Narrow Passage - Narrow passage Some small hopeful light beyond Fades on toward the night Though wide the sea Destination obscured Departure long overdue This specious sanctuary Where murk grows ever deeper Even as hopeful light diminishes Beyond the narrow passage Start the engine Provisioned stores and buttressed heart Set rudder's course through narrow passage Bound for hopeful light beyond
Soft Light and Silhouettes, Food Islets, Near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Nothing ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #231 - Soft light and silhouettes Ambers and muted blues Islands adrift in calm seas And I in deep repose Enjoy the gentlest of scenes Bask in this moment of succulent nothings
Molten Horizon, Amphitrite Lighthouse, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada Molten Star - Molten star upon horizon Lava flows across the sea Saviour's beacon Rendered feeble Until the night Calls out to me
Smoke from a Distant Fire, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada Viral Smoke - The smoke rolled in From a distant fire Down the narrow valley Not so stealthy as a virus But with a smothering effect Which would someday seem Not so unfamiliar A dis-ease From which none are immune And all are infected
Reflective Fire, Revelstoke, Columbia River, British Columbia, Canada Reflective Fire - This blue Twilit artifice Sunset muzzled by smoke From distant fires Rosy sky Pastel remnants Of celestial fire River echoes Light and land and life Fuels reflective fire
Smoke and Drama, Rocky Mountains, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Creating the Divine - Sometimes The beauty Of existence Seems not always Beautiful I discover the divine Through the haze Of muted tones And hidden features Seek the clarity Beneath the haze A vivid scene Can be colourless I remind myself Create the divine From the apparent Mundane
Called Home, Jasper Skytram, Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada Called Home - I was taught All glories Soon enough Will pass Until I Understood Everything Is glory
Golden River, Storm Mountain, Over the Bow Riveer, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Amber Stream - I wend my way Through life and all Its myriad conditions Oxbows and diversions Rapids and reservoirs Confined by circumstances Wide and shallow Narrow and deep Always flowing toward the light Golden warmth which fills my heart Reflecting on the amber stream
Sunset, Davis Bay Pier, Sechelt, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada Spirit’s Playground - Sunset and the Sea Calms my mind Like a deep breath Frees my heart Like a lover's kiss Spirit's favourite playground
Proximity, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada Proximate Intimacy - Proximate intimacy The kinship felt by being close Without touching Even among strangers It's strange to live day after day Without the physical nearness Of another human being Fucking virus
One Stone on a Beach, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada One Small Human on a Beach - I love the places That make me seem small And that I so often try To make myself feel bigger By focusing on some small detail One tree in a forest One stone on a beach One face in a crowd
Pastel Twilight, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Lions Bay, british Columbia, Canada II Pastel Twilight - Day passes into pastel twilight Atmospheric soothing sigh Let the night come Sonorous repose Eyes closed Sleepy Sleep
Moonset Over Blackcomb, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Moon ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #230 - In the cold quiet Of a winter night Me and the moon We have a chatter Chunky frozen snow Crunches underfoot Shhhh, hisses the moon Be still Listen This I do But all I hear is the moon Simmering on the snow peaks
There's a Moon in the Sky, It's Called The Moon, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Earth Day - The Moon reminds me How friendly Earth is To me and those I love To all life But friendship has its limits The Earth has only so much to offer So it's time to be a better friend Give something back in return
What Balance Looks Like, Bowen Island, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada What Balance Looks Like - At the intersection Of darkness and light I discover rainbows
Take Flight, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Sea to Sky Highway, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Take Flight - Ignited by an Inner glow I take flight and Rise free from his hand
Young Hustler, Fraser River Estuary, From Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Young Hustler - Softwood and salt The smell's never more intoxicating Than when a log boom's safely set to rest At the end of a long week Kyle heads out To recheck the lashings I like that about him He never leaves anything to chance Always stupid checks his own work That, and he always buys the first round
Energy Beam, Sea to Sky Highway, Tantalus Lookout, North of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada A Momentary Lapse of Fiction - The energy pulse slammed into the car Which quivered briefly Before vapourizing with a flash Brighter than the beam Which destroyed it As the momentary daylight faded I hoped the owner Of that formidable weapon Hadn't acquired my new position The mist which was once my Toyota Settled into the crater That had been a parking lot The concrete barrier I'd hid behind Suddenly seemed feeble protection Night returned and I got the fuck outta there
Perfect Sunset, Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Perfect - Every moment spent Upon a rocky shoreline Along the gentle sea Beneath an amber sky I am reminded Imperfect as it is Life is nonetheless Perfect
Flight of Fantasy, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain Flight - Rooted to the ground Yet swimming into the sky Flight of fantasy
Into Battle, Museu de les Ciències, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain No Poppies Here - They marched row by row Trained not to question orders Immunized murder Their glory assured Set against their own int'rests Willing sacrifice War's wretched slaughter For lambs sent into mayhem Fear large in dead eyes Remains laid to ground With white crosses row on row Power's martyred souls
Confusion, Museu de les Ciències, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Confusion - I'm a little bit Confused by the world right now But so say we all
Raindrops on Fountains, Garden in the Palacios Generalife, Alhambra, Granada, Spain Raindrops on Fountains - Raindrops falling On a fountain Adds an instrument To a song
Softened Stone, Palace of Charles V, Alhambra, Granada, Spain Softened Stone - Sweeping curves And cylinders I do not realize Until I sit With the photographs How calming Is the round In a complex Of rectangular and square Though rich with gardens Water flowing through fountains This space of rounded stone Softened by circular curves Is the place of peace for me
Chamber, Palacios Nazaries, Alhambra, Granada, Spain Prisoner’s Mantra - Boxed in And cornered No way out But to acknowledge These four walls Do not a prison make Nor is the light Ever extinguished Beyond the windows The sun is bright Inside this cell My spirit is free
Arches, Palacios Nazaries, Alhambra, Granada, Spain Gateways & Light - In the darkness A gateway Beyond it A promising light I check my Expectations Proceed with caution And readiness Not all gateways Lead to freedom Not all sources Light the true path
Which Door, Palacios Nazaries, Alhambra, Granada, Spain Choices ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #229 - In a world Offering few choices Of equal value Either apparent Or actual Which is the better choice? The options Beg investigations Which may or may not Reveal the better choice Apparent or actual Should you choose Not to decide You still have made a choice
Curious Young Monk, Lagrangsi Monastery, Xiahe, Gansu Province, China Life and Time - Photographs remind us Of all the life we've lived And all the time Which passed between
The Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Perfect Light - In a life Of some many ecstasies Epiphanies And divine moments Some linger longer If only because The light was perfect And I had a camera
This Door, Palacios Nazaries, The Alhambra, Granada, Spain Keyless Entry - Some doors are open Some are closed Some doors should never be opened Some should never be closed Some doors are plain Some are ornate Some doors are simple Some technically replete Some doors are an invitation Some are a barricade Some doors are a celebration Some are made to be despised