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Ferry and Mount Baker, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Broken - Under a blood red sky A metaphor A cliché I cannot resist Blood red it is And so too This journey Heart broken Love rent By the loss of one
Outbound Sunrise, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Beginnings? ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #291 - Outbound and sunrise Clichés of new beginnings I remain unchanged
Immovable vs Unstoppable, Ucluelet Storm Season, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada For the Survivors - As sea falls back into sea Prepares for a new assault on the shore Its hardened rock Broken but not brittle Recalcitrant Beneath the bruised sky Of abuses relentless I am reminded  Of the survivors I came for the storms For the thrash and hiss Of the sea upon the rock The immovable Resisting the unstoppable And it is  In a manner Difficult to describe So utterly beautiful And moving But I wish  In this moment Only for the peace Of a clear sky And an ocean Becalmed
Outbound, BC Ferries, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Strait of George, British Columbia, Canada Outbound ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #290 - I am having High-order, ill-mannered thoughts Inconvenient truths As the saying goes Understatement that it is And I have always Wondered why Understatement  Doesn't have a better word Overstatement has  Hyperbole Pointed overstatement An extraordinary word Understatement  Seems so... Well Understated But I'm lying Not about understatement I cannot overstate it I cannot be hyperbolic
Burrard Iron Works, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Irony ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #289 - I am having High-order, ill-mannered thoughts Inconvenient truths As the saying goes Understatement that it is And I have always Wondered why Understatement  Doesn't have a better word Overstatement has  Hyperbole Pointed overstatement An extraordinary word Understatement  Seems so... Well Understated But I'm lying Not about understatement I cannot overstate it I cannot be hyperbolic
Wakes, BC Ferries, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Wakes ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #286 - Behind me The wake of my journey All froth and churn As I labour To leave To forget Ahead of me The wake of the moon All sparkly possibility As I awaken To hope To purpose
Earthen Cradle, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada Cradle - Swaddled in silky cloud Upon a bed of supple grasses and pine Earth Cradle of my being
The Beauty in my own Darkness, Castle Whitespire, The Magicians, Season 2 Ascension - I leave him As an arc of energy From the light Which taught me love Into a darkness  I once feared But accepts me With a grace And love Greater than any I have known Even his And in that moment The darkness itself Becomes light
The Inner Grassland Sea, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada Sailing ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #286 - I follow  The land's flow Over swell And hollow This sea of soil Calls out to Hard men  Sailors of The grasslands Content to be at sea
Full Colour Treatment, Pacific Coast Highway, California, United States of America Dance ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #285 - I travel along The thin edge of life Steep hillside above Roiling sea below Confined  Yet Content Breakers rumble And susurru  Their soothing song While the drive Becomes dance With the curves And rolls  Keeping time As if the lilt Of the waves Sing the highway Into being
Fisheye Sunset, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Vulnerable ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #284 - Some days the world seems So very small and I feel So vulnerable
Sunset, Porteau Cove, Sea to Sky Highway, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Exploration - Destination calls Beyond a pathless expanse Beckoning promise
Memories Under Glass, BC Ferries, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Strait of Georgia Ferry, British Columbia, Canada Memories Under Glass - I'm gone And she stayed behind Or I left her I'm not sure Which narrative I like the least I carry her still A memory under glass Shrouded and unrepentant A story ended Without end And yet untold But for the voice In my heart That won't let her go
Layers: Sea, Peaks and Sky, BC Ferries, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, The Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Layers ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #283 - Gentle seas Jagged peaks Sky in turmoil So go  The many layers Of I
Leaving, BC Ferries, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, The Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Leaving - We argue Whether it is  The destination Or the journey That matters But sometimes We need only observe The point of departure As it recedes Into the distance
Monkey & Red Fort Sunrise, Hotel Tara Place, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Penultimate Sunrise in the Big Smoke - It was the last full day in India. The smoke had been chokingly thick for the entire month, and Delhi hadn't even been the worst of it. Still, I'd found a decent rate at a hotel on the edge of Old Delhi's fantastical Chandni Chowk markets for the final days before my flight home. Chandni Chowk is a huge maze of ridiculously narrow and crowded streets packed to the gills with commerce and humanity,  place without solitude or silence.
Looking Back, BC Ferries, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Release - I look back In order to move forward Bring the past Into the present Record the history So I can release it Carry the memory Leave the emotional toil Of glories and traumas Behind
Stolen Generations, Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Square, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Stolen ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #283 - Stolen land Stolen lives Stolen dreams Stolen hearts Stolen culture Stolen children Stolen justice Stolen time Stolen generations Thieves unrepentant
Big Wheel, Mining Truck, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada Big Wheels - When those big wheels keep On turning I try to stay Well out of the way
Concentrator, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada Cavern ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #282 - In the dream I entered a cavernous space Light streamed in through windows Set in an impossibly high wall It curved All around me The inner workings The floor boards I almost expected to see Dali and a squadron of flying cats So odd a place this was Until I realized It was me I was inside myself The walls and ceiling Were my own skin Seen from the inside Pipes and beams my bones But inside Where my consciousness  Now found itself Was a vast cavern Of  emptiness
A Gentle Paddle, Howe Sound, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada Paddle ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #281 - Day's end A gentle paddle On glassy seas My body At peace  With my mind With the land With the water With the sky My spirit rises To the surface Of my being My consciousness Swirls in the essence Of all that is Like eddies Hugging a paddle In a vast Bottomless Sea
Curvature of the Earth, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Curvature of the Earth - I stand atop a high place Marvel at the curvature of the Earth A reminder that I stand on the surface Of a very small sphere In an infinite space I look deep within Marvel at the unknowable infinity of being A reminder that I stand as a presence Manifested of an essence Without dimension or time
Look at me, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India For the Looking Glass - Would you return my Gaze were it not for the lens Friends for an instant But I've known No peace greater Than the joy of Flight In motion There is Stillness
Flight, Creekside Park, Vancovuer, British Columbia, Canada Flight - Stillness Is a peace I've sought  And known But I've known No peace greater Than the joy of Flight In motion There is Stillness
Animal Lovers, Creekside Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Construct ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #280 - So much depends On the construct, Love  Conscious Unconscious Conditioned Unconditional Unshareable Unless a context Shared
Roman Horseman Fresco, The Museum of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Frame ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #279 - The Past Cropped and framed Colour corrected and edited Burnished and patinaed To make a picture That tells the story I wish to remember
She Sings, Josephine Choi, Badaboom, Bay Moorings Restaurant, Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Creation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #278 - There is nothing so beautiful As a moment offered in whole To the act of creation Except perhaps One given To love
Fall Alder Colors, Porteau Cove, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Leaves ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #277 - These leaves may seem Like a reminder of past glory These leaves may seem Like a reminder of future possibility But the leaves Are just leaves All the rest is just stories I tell myself to make sense Not of leaves But of existence
Aum, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India Poetry ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #276 - Words arranged in verse Form a matrix of possibility An author's intentions A reader's interpretations Layers deep Miles wide All this also present In a single word such as Aum Love God Beauty Perfection Each a poem with all the Subtle renderings and possibilities of Angelou  Frost Dickinson Shakespeare Plath The final meaning rests solely And rightfully with the reader
Chandelier, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Yearning for the Light of Darkness - An ornate lamp hangs In a gentle place There to illuminate When darkness falls A beautiful ornament In the clear light of day Would create a spectacle In the dim hues of night And now I wish I had seen this room Bathed in the prismatic glow Which defies the dark
Floral Plinth, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Beauty & Love - Every culture Every person Knows beauty In their own way I remind myself Try to find Beauty's heart In every way That is the place Where we are all one That is the place From which flows love
The Extraordinary Mundane, Men Loitering in Chandni Chowk Markets, New Delhi, India The Extraordinary Beauty of the Everyday - The thing about travel is Something so everyday As a group of friends Hanging out on a street corner Seems extraordinary... ...even beautiful The thing about extended travel is Once familiarity renders  The extraordinary as everyday The sense of beauty in the mundane Remains... ...and travels home with me
ad Eyes, Motorcycle Rickshaw Driver, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Moments We’ll Never Know - You with the sad eyes Who found the glass In this swarm of activity And I released the shutter Capturing your moment  Of I know not what Tired? Beaten down? Or just weary Of yet another tourist Stealing a moment of your life For a purpose you'll never know
Burdens, Bicycle Rickshaw Driver, Chandni Chow, New Delhi, India Chaos ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #275 - One small moment of Solitude in the chaos Unladen Burdens
Breakers Far Below, Oregon Coast Highway 101, Oregon, United States of America A Smile Above the Breakers - Hers was an exquisite beauty Not the kind to command Covers or runways That puts a name Up in lights or lead a headline Her beauty commanded a second look The kind you missed on a first take And yes, it was there on the surface But more, it ran deep In her bearing In the way she made others The center of her world Her smile flowed  From every feature of her being To receive one was to be blessed
An Unknown Shore, Gold Beach, Oregon, United States of America An Unknown Shore - I've washed up On an unknown shore Clear of the wreckage From which I'd drifted Alone on an empty sea Bruised Scarred Burnt But OK I spit sand and salt From my parched mouth Thirst Then Hunger But first Reconnoiter  So up now Onto the roiling sea of dunes With their smaller wavelets Of grasses in the wind...
Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, San Francisco, California, United States of America On Bridges - There is a bridge I know It can take you from somewhere To somewhere else And back again If you care to As I suppose All bridges do But I am neither here Nor there About the here Or there I prefer to be centre-span Leaning over the rail While worlds at odds Pass below and behind Their conflict bridged There I stand The quiet observer To tally the to and fro Of lives and matter On the move Matters of both Consequence And no matter And whichever mark I tally Important or insignificant Or just some passing fancy It is all just so damn Beautiful
Under a Pale Sky and a Hot Sun, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA Being Still - I remind myself There is always a bridge To some place better Than I am now Sometimes all it takes To cross the bridge Is to recognize I already have I remind myself There is always a light To help me see Who I want to be Sometimes all it takes To see who I will become Is to open my eyes and realize I already am The Way is not a practice of movement The Way becomes easier When I discover gratitude In being still
Angry Sound, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Angry Sound - angry sea angry sky in between the boughs all fly tree trunks bow wind tests their roots and salts the air with whitecaps flare so here am I lens held to chest braced to keep a steady frame while all around the chaos roars a shutter click renders it tame
ghost in the hollows, white eucalyptus, kings canyon, northern territory, australia rise - ghost in the hollows stone walls confining spirit rise up to pass on
Nature's Architect, Fortress on a Hillside, Portland, Victoria, Australia fortress ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #274 - towers and citadels ramparts and parapets fortress on the hillside set afire in the morning sun battles fought war rages on death visits here still more to come one strong heart with will of stone resolve of iron but moments late her final breath his broken cry their eyes now glazed  by death and grief
Beaded Glass, Rainfall on Lotus Pond, Sukhothai, Thailand Nature’s Sutra - rain falls pittering the leaves pattering the earth nature's sutra gently chanted outside my window inside warm and calm quiet mind full heart present in the moment
a flourish of life in a concrete desert, Dunsmuir Viaduct, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy find a way - life finds a way in the most inhospitable conditions places times to survive thrive flourish so too can I
8th of March, Barcelona, Spain, Feminist Demonstration Poster Right ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #273 - Sometimes You don't quite Get it right But it's OK To get it mostly right Or at least somewhat right Just so long As you're In the right
Edison Bulb in the Darkness, Crease Building, Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Freed ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #272 - In the darkness An inner light Dim but ageless Beyond is daylight Through a window Barred Trapped Inside I quell the panic Concentrate On the small dim light Until it grows Illuminates the darkness And the latch To the bars containing me I am free Remembering the power Of even a small dim light
Starry Night, Imagine Van Gogh, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Starlight ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #271 - A light which burned For ten short years Burned thrice as bright And yet... unseen Like beacons in The darkened sky Which lived and died Aeons ago But whose light Has reached us ...Only now Though in that beam Cast by hands and heart Long gone My spirits rise I find again ...Delight In starry night
Shadows in the Mist, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United State of America Whisper ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #270 - Geometries of Euclidean beings Dominate the irregular perfections Of organic patterns And I I lived my life So very small Now left to wonder Shall I leave it Having never roared As so many others Come and gone Faintest whispers On the wind
Parallelograms, circles and organics, Surrey Public Library, BC, Canada Geometry ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #269 - Geometries of Euclidean beings Dominate the irregular perfections Of organic patterns And I A lover of both Math and nature Am left unsure Which is The greater beauty Is such judgment Even necessary Or wise After all Beauty itself Is the construct Of an eye And a mind Who am I to say What you should find Beautiful
Parallels & Perpendiculars, Surrey Public Library, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada Perpendicular ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #269 - Parallels & perpendiculars Take me away Lead me astray Through lines End games I do not know From where I came Nor necessarily Where it all goes Only that all imply In my faraway mind Movement & change
Not a Tree but a Twig, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America Scale ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #268 - Once the light entered the bowl Something magical happened Something I'll probably Never fully understand The light coalesced Hardened Formed swirling tendrils Of incandescence Well I understood one thing Light was alive No Not alive Conscious And what I was witnessing Was the comingling Of unmanifested being One each to a tendril Swimming as if a school of fish In a golden bowl Struck just the right way By the sun And then it was gone Light Was merely light Again But some trick of the cosmic tail Had let me in on the secret Because in an instant I'd known Light Is love And love Is light When we are unmanifested In this purest spirit form We know this as surely as The necessity of a breath We know it in a way A brain cannot grok But our manifest purpose The meaning of our existence Is to remember And for a moment Looking into a sunlit bowl I remembered A glimpse of the unknowable Out of the corner of my eye A memory I struggle to keep Every day
Golden Bowl, Bridge Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada Light ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #267 - Once the light entered the bowl Something magical happened Something I'll probably Never fully understand The light coalesced Hardened Formed swirling tendrils Of incandescence Well I understood one thing Light was alive No Not alive Conscious And what I was witnessing Was the comingling Of unmanifested being One each to a tendril Swimming as if a school of fish In a golden bowl Struck just the right way By the sun And then it was gone Light Was merely light Again But some trick of the cosmic tail Had let me in on the secret Because in an instant I'd known Light Is love And love Is light When we are unmanifested In this purest spirit form We know this as surely as The necessity of a breath We know it in a way A brain cannot grok But our manifest purpose The meaning of our existence Is to remember And for a moment Looking into a sunlit bowl I remembered A glimpse of the unknowable Out of the corner of my eye A memory I struggle to keep Every day
Autumn's Lingering Hues, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Vibrance ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #266 - Recall the vibrance Once displayed in many hues Now no more than trace remains Though brightness scattered Here and there Decay sets in Drains true nature Of its lifely due Thus am I left With naught but mem'ries Fading fast Remiss this guard Of summer past Which lingers still In so few leaves Fallen to the forest floor There soon enough Back to earth Will they be drawn And all that was Will then be gone
The Bus, Denman & Nelson, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Unsent ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #265 - Don't Walk! The sign blinked As he thumbed out his last text "I'm running late. Almost ther"
Yellow Chair, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Sunshine ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #264 - It waited for her The little yellow chair At the back of the house In the little nook Hidden away From anyone's eyes Late afternoon sunshine Filtered through The winter boughs Eaves and overhangs Sheltered her From the usual Vancouver rain But today The sun Fell on Her little sunshine chair A cigarette And long moments Filled with thoughts Without consequence Smalltalk daydreams To pass the time In seeming silence While she chattered With herself About nothing...
Diminished Light, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada copy Bright ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #263 - Diminished light Yet through the cloud She breaks And scatters rays Upon the rippling sea So I may cast Into the heavens Wonder at such spectacle Take the beauty to my heart Where meets my soul And damn if such Is not the better part Such soothes the grief Of one life's sad lament Whose diminished light No longer casts Onto the stilling sea Sufficient light To bounce a single ray Confused and lost Mind gone astray Now take another breath Do I Remember bounteous light Which shimmered off A rampant sea And know that souls Are infinite That one life lived No matter grand or small Is but a drop Where raindrops fall So many more still yet to come And this one Though diminished now Once was bright as raging sun
Frozen, Mount Weart, Armchair Glacier, River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Frozen Home - Drifting In a sea of calm Warm vibrance Descends on the horizon Belies the heat And intensity Of a glaring sun Just departed Its light dwindling For the moment Only a thin sliver of hope Graces the sky Soon enough The stars The constellations The galaxies As the grand parade Of existence Once again Fills the cosmos
Winter is Here, River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Freezing ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #262 - The freeze is coming Soon will river ice over You below the ice
Glass Bust, an icy face Ice ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #261 - His was a visage of ice Cold, chiseled A frosty burn to the touch Which not even the fire Of his desire  Could melt It protected him It destroyed him It hardened him It betrayed him For anyone could see Just below the surface The heat his coldness Would never emit
Bowen Island Sunset, Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada copy The Calm After - Drifting In a sea of calm Warm vibrance Descends on the horizon Belies the heat And intensity Of a glaring sun Just departed Its light dwindling For the moment Only a thin sliver of hope Graces the sky Soon enough The stars The constellations The galaxies As the grand parade Of existence Once again Fills the cosmos
Angel of the Ganga, Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India A Beautiful Thought - What a surreal day He thought as he sought a much More beautiful thought
Beckoning Highway, State Road 374, Beatty, Nevada, United States of America The Promise - There is a promise in the road Not a destination Every place I may want to go Is a waypoint On the way to another point Neither the journey What is to be gained From moving For the sake of movement But once the wheels Begin to roll Changes begin The promise manifests What I see; How I think; Who I am
A Hopeful Road, Badwater Road, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America Future ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #260 - Hither I leave This valley of death And I will fear no future For I bear not the past Carry only hope, and my staff Tenacity
Moonrise Over Blackcomb II, Alta Lake, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Diminished - Your light dims Now a moon Which was once The sun And in your eyes I see you know Can feel the shadow Falling on your spirit Confused as you are By confusion Where once you knew Clarity As time and mind Slip away from you So too do you Slip away from me
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, near Santa Cruz, California, United States of America Morning’s Welcome - The sun crests the sea In the light I see The beacon stayed true To guide us through The darkling pass We navigated The long night To morning's welcome This new shore Beckoning
Nearby Star, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada A Nearby Star - Perched on a mossy cliffside Basking in the warmth Of a nearby star The scents of sea And conifers Carried on the breeze While I Close my eyes Breathe in All of existence Gathered in a moment
Sun Shine, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Lion's Bay, British Columbia, Canada Curvature of the Earth - I remind myself That this Earth Is but a small globe Spinning and spinning In infinite space And I no more than a mote A sprinkling of star dust Coalesced in flesh and bone Which one day woke up Asking questions about The universe and itself Is there more than that? I may never know Perhaps I simply forgot
Sun Halo, Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Hope ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #259 - I remember a day When our star burned Bright and hot In the cold, crisp air Delightful frolics While the clouds softened Saw blade peaks Rather than coat the sky With remorseful grey Like today I remember a better day And another to come A future memory known not By prescience nor forecast Only, hope
Time and Patience, Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Page, Arizona, United States of America Patience and Peace - I remind myself Time and water Carved this canyon From solid rock Though patience And softness Cannot resolve Every problem The peace flowing From their practice Bears a reward Of its own As I watch The sun set Upon the stone The river cut
Endurance & Tenacity, Marble & Ghost Gum, Devil's Marbles, Northern Territory, Australia Endurance & Tenacity - With endurance and Tenacity we survived Year 2020
Snowman, Christmas Tree Ornament, Christmas Tree, Family Gathering The Greatest Gift - On this day of giving and receiving The greatest gift Whether given or received Is no different Than any other day Love
Erosion, Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States of America Erosion - It's not that a few Rise to the top It's that the many Are beaten down
The Maze, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States of America The Maze - I was already deep inside And lost Before I realized it was a Maze But there are times Places To not mind being Lost The walls seemed sculpted Textured With saturated tones of Warmth And so I walked Aimless Lost in the beauty of the Walls Until suddenly I was Outside Safe, yet wanting to go Back Sometimes it is OK To lose my Self
Death in the Sunshine, West Mitten Butte, Monument Valley Navajo Park, Arizona, United States of America Beauty ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #258 - There is beauty In all things Even death To understand this Is to master life To master life One must master death
Cadillac Ranch, Route 66, Amarillo, Texas, United States of America Landscapes - These things we do to landscapes Of space and time Of politics and social norms Of family and friends The things that stay But never stay the same The ephemeral things Lost and soon forgotten Nothing ever stays But change Which is often the point Of these things we do to landscapes Change the landscape Change each other Change ourselves
Cloud Cover, Dolomite, California State Road 136, California, United States of America Cloud Cover - The band of ominous cloud Hovered over the highway Mile after mile An oppressive weight Waiting to fall My mood became dark as the sky So I chose to see the low grey cover As an atmospheric parasol A gift to soften harsh desert sun Diminish the heat of afternoon An invitation to step out of the car I breathed deeply in the sage-scented air Until my mood became light as the sage Drifting on the desert breeze
Exiting the Sierras, Nebelhorn, Lincoln Highway, California, United States of America Instamatic Memory Machine - It was a straight run Down valley And at 100 miles an hour The landscape became a gun barrel I rifled through The road was freshly paved Though heavily pebbled So the car hummed As it shimmied in the heavy winds Here was I A projectile crossing open country Which to my being is as good As being wrapped in a blanket By a fire on a snowy winter's eve Road trips are comfort food for my soul
Tunneling, Willow Ranch, Interstate 395, California, United States of America Comfort Food - It was a straight run Down valley And at 100 miles an hour The landscape became a gun barrel I rifled through The road was freshly paved Though heavily pebbled So the car hummed As it shimmied in the heavy winds Here was I A projectile crossing open country Which to my being is as good As being wrapped in a blanket By a fire on a snowy winter's eve Road trips are comfort food for my soul
Solitude, Goose Lake State Park, New Pine Creek, Oregon, United States of America Solitude ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #257 - crisp cold wind sun falls like a poet's first words illumination lacking warmth so I shiver wrapped in a blanket of silence broken only by the wind bending the tall grass rapt in a solitude broken only by gulls on the wing bending the air to their whim
Touching, Time Exposure of some Random Netflix Show Touching ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #256 - In that blur Of existence When space becomes time And time becomes space When love becomes all possibility And possibility infinite And time timeless I will find you And always will Because this is the thing Between you and I The connection without reason The being without purpose Except that we are always Together
The Hot and Cold of Love, Time Exposure, Virgin River, Netflix Warmth ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #255 - Sometimes I run cold It's hard to find The love inside For me For you For anyone For anything Then you hold me Look into my eyes Show me what love is You wear your heart With just a look So that anyone can see Even me In the cold dark blue Warming to the warmth of you
Close Your Eyes, Time Exposure of some Random Netflix Show Bastards - She closed her eyes Heaved a sigh Then made the choice She'd always made And always would Don't let the bastards get you down She whispered Drew another breath Don't let the bastards get you down She said Drew another breath Don't let this bastard get you down She growled Then held what remained of her breath Until she could hold it no longer Then simply let the breath go And with it went all the bastards
Ghosts, Time Exposure, Some Random Netflix Show Nightmares ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #254 - Deep in a dream I see the ghost Of who I once was And the ghost Of who I hoped to be I awaken To the phantom That is who I have become
Bread, Fresh Baked Sourdough, Pictures from Home Bread ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #253 - Observe the beauty of a loaf The tortured rending of gluten As the dough expands under heat Observe the beauty of a woman The tortured rending of ego As the gaze exploits under heat
Delicate Intricacies, Plaza de Nazaries, The Alhambra, Granada, Spain Delicate Intricacies - Through the clouds Came first a star Not enough To break the spell Of long dark night But still a light Come beckoning Then soon I saw Another star Another then Now several more The mother bear Who points the way To guiding light Now clears the sky The night reveals A sky of lights Infinite And always there Beyond the clouds Or light of day The lights of suns
The First Star, Plaza de Nazaríes, The Alhambra, Granada, Spain The First Star - Through the clouds Came first a star Not enough To break the spell Of long dark night But still a light Come beckoning Then soon I saw Another star Another then Now several more The mother bear Who points the way To guiding light Now clears the sky The night reveals A sky of lights Infinite And always there Beyond the clouds Or light of day The lights of suns
Opening, Plaza de Nazaríes, The Alhambra, Granada, Spain Opening ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #252 - Doors shut and barred Windows sealed from within A dead end At the end Of a narrow Corridor No retreat No respite No redress Then a door opened Beckoning The voices within Sang songs of hope And possibility Of healing And renewal Beyond the door The way remained unclear But the long, dark night Of the alley Was over
Alcoves, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain Crawling Into A Hole - A nook An alcove A cranny A safe place To hide away While the unthinkable Becomes inevitable
Anachronism, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Anachronism - When the architecture Makes a passenger jet Lifting into the sky Seem like an anachronism From a time passed So very long ago...
Mathematically Ruthless, L'Hemisfèric, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Mathematics ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #251 - The mathematics Of my conscious mind Can be so very much more Ruthless Than nature's organic expressions The subtle calculations Of an incomprehensible unconscious Little wonder We have become such an affliction On an incalculable beauty
Fluttering Eyelash, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Fluttering - She fluttered an eyelash Yes, just the one Not a wink But a feathery whisper Undetectable To those not seeking it As she knew I was And my heart replied With a flutter of its own A quickening Which rose to my flesh Undetectable To those not seeking it As I knew she was
Emptiness, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Emptiness - Of all the hardships Created by the pandemic It was the emptiness Of time and space Which nearly did him in The connectionless void In which the bump of elbows Became an act of intimacy Which made a smile detectable Only by a gesture of the eyes So he filled the emptiness With the one thing left to him Love
The Maw, Palau De Les Arts, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Fear ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #250 - The maw which devours me Consumes my will My strength Is naught but the workings Of my fearful mind I breathe Speaking the words Over the chatter of thoughts Breathing in Breathing out
Arc Tangent, Palau De Les Arts, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Arc Tanget - Tangential touch Love comes around Sweeping arcs Now come to ground Skyward leaps There heaven bound
From the Chaos Rise, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain Rise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #249 - In the darkness A rosette Neither portal Nor beacon A reminisce A reminder Of the light Beyond darkness
Rosette ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #248 - In the darkness A rosette Neither portal Nor beacon A reminisce A reminder Of the light Beyond darkness
Dome of Light, Valencia Cathedral, Valencia, Spain Centre ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #247 - I seek my centre The source of light and being Where darkness is not feared But embraced with love and gratitude For the insights it reveals When accepted as a gift
Thorn and Flower, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Thorns ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #246 - I revel In asymmetrical symmetry Seek the imperfectly perfect For there is no beauty No moment No experience worth a memory Confined to the bounds Of the expected Or the predictable A perfect world Constructed with ruthless precision Would be far too mundane To provide the challenge Which offers existence Meaning
Symmetry, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Symmetry ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #245 - I revel In asymmetrical symmetry Seek the imperfectly perfect For there is no beauty No moment No experience worth a memory Confined to the bounds Of the expected Or the predictable A perfect world Constructed with ruthless precision Would be far too mundane To provide the challenge Which offers existence Meaning
The Beauty of Decay, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Time and Time & Nature - Nature and time Eat away At rings Of hidden time The history Kept by nature
Ebbing Radiance, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada Radiance ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #244 - In the ebbing radiance Of a world slipping into darkness The light is most vivid Capable of magiks Unknown to daylight