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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
Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada On the Supple Application of Power - Stone: Majestic, Formidable, Hard, Weak; Water: soft, supple, tenacious, power. Be unimpressed by the formidable airs of majesty and hard power. Know, instead, the supple tenacity of small things in large numbers, the soft power which tumbles the brittle hardness.
A River Runs Through It, MacLaurin's Crossing Suspension Bridge, Cheakamus River, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Portal ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #243 - A bridge and long shadows Span the gorge and river roaring There a portal offers Welcome unknowns In a forest of possibility
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