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Disorder in the Wake, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Georgia Strait, British Columbia, Canada Disorder ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #312 - I have convinced myself That chaos follows me As if a companion Or a stalker I can not shake Until today's revelation That it is merely disorder Of my own orderly creation Like the roiling waters Left in the wake Of a vessel underway And I am always underway Though always looking back Focused on the havoc Left behind In the lives of self and others Manufacturing in my mind The spiritual narrative Of a Job-like tragedy That relieves me of responsibility
Magic is a Child, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Magic ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #311 - Magic is a child This unknown girl Who casts upon My weary soul Unfettered glee The guileless love Which is delight In briefest moment Such sweet respite From adult cares Her master class In living well
Sunset Glitterbomb, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Petals ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #310 - Perched Beneath a sky Of cobalt and lavender The dying sun Throws a glitter bomb Off glass towers But all I can see Are three dots Racing on the display "Jason is typing" This Schrödinger's mobile Holds two truths Like petals pulled from a daisy Each dot flashing in turn He loves me He loves me not Both are true Until the dots stop To reveal the nature Of the final petal
Line Study, Palau De Les Arts, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain Lines ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #309 - These many lines Of thought Of action Of possibility Some converging Some parallel Some intersecting A disorder Of subtler Orders Patterns Within patterns Within a cross-section Of a whole Imperceptible Step back And back again To reveal the whole With its harmony of line
La Sagrada Familia, from Gaudí Park Güell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Construction ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #308 - I look at myself A blur In the foggy mirror Every morning After washing away Another layer Of accumulated detritus Like the sculptor Finding the figure Inside the stone Like a cathedral Not yet complete A hundred years After the passing Of its architects I remain a work in progress Under construction In this lifetime In the last In the next All that have been And all to come
Little Red Riding Hood Befriends the Wolf, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Red and the Wolf - I knew the wolf To be a wolf But in the forest He was kind to me So did not think To give a shout Let Grandma know Wolf was about April fool, that's me No fool The Woodsman Fortunately Or for desert Wolf would have had Me
Low Tide, Big Beach, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Ebb ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #307 - The ebb Of tides and life Reveals the glories concealed By full flood
Golden Sunset, Amphitrite Point, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Golden ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #306 - No matter the words you say No matter the things you do All paths lead to you A golden destination Partially concealed In unfathomable Possibility
The Eye, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Self Remembering - Spirit cracks Inner light Pierces darkness Reminds conscious  Extant spirit
Lost at Sea, Incinerator Rock, Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, Canada Sea ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #305 - I lose myself in the sea In the sounds of the waves Breaking against the rocks And the subtler susurrus  Of foamy water Climbing then falling The shallow sandy shoreline The tiny boats I make from the thoughts I no longer want to have Recede with the dying waves To be consumed by the surf I prepare more With all the parts of me I never asked for Or cannot be rid of And watch as they glide gently Into roiling oblivion I am free For the duration  Of an ebb tide Soon enough The flood comes The inexorable sea Returns them all to me
Clouds in an Azure Sky, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, British Columbia, Canada Transition ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #304 - This flow of life This stream of possibility This realm of plausible hope Where I have seen The interplay of darkness and light And from it learned truly That neither is possible Without the other Each renders texture upon the other While the transitions between Reveal the greatest insights
Becalmed, English Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Becalmed ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #303 - A grey day Light flattened By a thick Midday haze Made all the more grim By my mood Impenetrable as the atmosphere From full steam To dead ahead slow All stations stop Close my eyes Deep breath Not stopped Becalmed Diminished light emerges Find the blue In sky and  sea Contrast highlight with shadow Underway, and it is a beautiful day
Monument to Patriarchy, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Progress ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #302 - A monument to Patriarchy rises where Emerald once was plenty Now all grey and jaundice I often wonder What the world would look like Had the matriarchs run the show And life were of feminine design
Urban Starlight Under a Brazen Moon, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Urban Starlight - The earliest stars Twinkle under a brazen moon Keeping the sky All to itself
City in the Clouds, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Cadence ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #301 - The world moves In its own time And I in mine A dance A rhythm Obstinate Relentless Cadence Unique To my mind's Perceiving And should I not exist To observe As sun surrenders sky To the stars Would there be time At all?
Lost in the Fog, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Mount Baker, USA Lost in the Fog - The monuments we erect To assure ourselves Of our own greatness Barely breach The lowest cloud Of nature's modest creation While the trail Of our existence Is a contrail adrift in time Dissipating in the empty sky Of infinite space
City in the Clouds, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada City~ Pic and a Word Challenge #300 - We build Ever higher To breach the sky This city in the clouds City of dreamers Whose feet rarely  Touch the ground And whose hearts Rarely Touch each other
Amber Light, Howe Sound, Porteau Cove, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Amber~ Pic and a Word Challenge #299 - This amber glow To end the day In just repose As glories fade Now soon the night Will bring its peace This wintry light A shortened lease Though night be long With December's chill The fire's song And downy fill Warm my soul 'Til slumber comes Pay dreamy toll Returns the sun
On a Cold Day, Porteau Cove, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Cold Reminder - On the cold days I'm reminded  That most days Life is a struggle A struggle  To stay warm And keep fed To love And be loved A beautiful struggle
Epiphany, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada Remembering Epiphany - I squint into the sun And existence becomes A blackened vignette With a sparkling path Leading directly To a burst of light In a cloud-strewn sky A vision I recognize From those times of connection When I was one with everything And the knowledge of all existence Seemed not only plausible But within my grasp Heady times And I wonder  Was I mad then to believe The epiphany was real Or mad now to have let it slip From experience To memory Now a personal myth
Divine Moment, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Divine ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #298 - I discover the divine In moments Of connection With all that is I begin to wonder If the divine Is in the moment observed Or is divinity Created by the act Of observing
Saris, Chandni Chowk Night Market, New Delhi, India Spectacle ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #297 - With some bluster Does the wind complain Drives the sea And the clouds To fraught disdain In these throes do I Count my many blessings For the calm Which stills me Deep inside Unlike the waves Upon the water And the sky My mind is quiet Without torment to promote a cry And while horizon Soon the sun obscures The star within Shines bright With everlasting light
Blustery, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Near Lion's Bay, British Columbia, Canada Bluster ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #296 - With some bluster Does the wind complain Drives the sea And the clouds To fraught disdain In these throes do I Count my many blessings For the calm Which stills me Deep inside Unlike the waves Upon the water And the sky My mind is quiet Without torment to promote a cry And while horizon Soon the sun obscures The star within Shines bright With everlasting light
White Noise, Train Wreck Suspension Bridge, Cheakamus River, Whistler, BC, Canada White Noise - Water's souciant song White as the snow still falling Nature's whisper: shhhhhhhh
Winter Sun & Snow, Whistler Mountain, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Yesterday’s Sun - A blanket of newness Illuminated by the glow Soon to become Yesterday's sun
Train Wreck, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Train Wreck - Train wreck of a year Called Twenty Twenty One ends Twenty Twenty Two Too?
Train Wreck Suspension Bridge, Cheakamus River, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Grace through the Rubble - I make my way Down channeled paths Wending through Hardship and trouble To overcome The flow adjusts Weaves a line Ofttimes turbulent While rocks and stumps Which interfere I push aside With force of will determinant And rest I may In respite of pools and lakes To carry on with grace aplomb Through demise and rubble
Lavender on Broken Glass, Tantalus Lookout, Sea to Sky Highway, Tantalus Range, British Columbia, Canada Lavender on Broken Glass - Soft and sharp Lavender petals fall On broken glass So is the moment Of our sweet reckoning Embraced in tears
Dawn Nears, Tantalus Lookout, Sea to Sky Highway, Tantalus Range, British Columbia, Canada Upon the Sigh - Dawn already Come and gone First sun reflects From wintry throne Beneath the glow Of cloudless sky I hold my grief In chill repose The magic light Has challenged woes Soon comes the smile Upon the sigh
December Chill, Rainbow Park, Alta Lake, Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, Canada Chill ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #295 - On a crisp December day Atop an inverted sky Snowy clouds  Blown across the ice Thighs itch From penetrating chill A wan sun Does nothing to warm A few moments here To record the scene Then retreat To the warmth  Of electric fire A sugary cup Of cocoa And family
i of the Storm, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada i of the Storm - I come for the storms To be confronted By nature At her extremes To remind myself Of things much more Than my self In my calm lagoon Of self import I am touched By what others Might call God Though I admit To no more knowledge Than such is divine With I In my little i Of the storm That is existence
There Then Not, Bicycle Rickshaw Line, Lajpar Nagat Metro Station, New Delhi, India Christmas Day - He was there Then not All in the space Of a few final breaths Now a ghost Whose laugh is lost But to memory And longing Gone twenty five years In this time of cheer And on this day Am I reminded A twinkle in the eye Said more Than words, sometimes said Had ever said I love you, son I love you too, dad
Hostile Beauty, California SR 136, Keeler, California, Unied States of America To find their meaning - I set down the words But do not own their meaning Any more than I control the wind The sun Or the rain I release them Into the world Let the prevailing winds Take them where they may Perhaps to find the meaning They have for you
For the Dawn, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo ferry, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada For the Dawn - Dawn comes softly In pastels With a light wind I breathe in the moment Then hold on To what I don't want to let go This peace This sanctuary This moving on A quiet I have not allowed myself To experience In a long time Time In my body Letting the world be Just as it is Beautiful And dark Tranquil And distressed But just for this moment Beautiful And tranquil That is enough For the dawne
Pastel Dawn, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada Travel ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #294 - Dawn breaks in pastels Scattered city lights Which had powered night Fade with encroaching day Soon enough extinguished While the trail Marking my departure Rises from the darkness Now a frothy white Upon grey slate Receding mountains' majesty Diminishes with steady progress In some few hours to be lost Behind the moon-swelled sea Held fast by Earth's own gravity So go I Beyond the realm Of all I know To places I've not yet loved
Kwisitis Visitor Centre, Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Embraced - The waves they roll With languid reach Well up on The shallow beach While out to sea They roil and pitch To salt the air With fragrance rich With mem'ries dear From childhood clear When castles rose Above the sand And mother's arms With gentle grace Wrapped me in Her warming brace Just as this ripple Ends its leisured pace Around my shoes Sea's wet embrace
Disorder in the Wake, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Georgia Strait, British Columbia, Canada The Circle - Beginning and ending Juxtaposed Or not One leads always To the other
Ferry and Mount Baker, Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo Ferry, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada II I Wipe Them Away - We make time across the Strait The ferry carries me From all that I've known To I know not where Yet But that matters not The where is not there I've left there behind Moved on Forward? Who knows Not I Just an hour gone And I miss parts of it Already Like the child's stuffed toy Or her comfort blanket The woman no longer needs Nostalgia alone soothes adult vulnerability A bit I hope I've left All such things To the past They have earned Like tears That have fallen Already forgotten But for the trails Dried on my cheek I wipe them away
Island of Life, Rocky Bluffs, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada Cradle ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #293 - Little Island of life Cradled by the rock Of a stormy shore Embattled Protected Thriving
Amphitrite Lightouse, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Rocky ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #292 - I arrive at the end Of a rocky path Where a beacon indicates A vast unknown Beneath a misty guile But a light of no small promise Beckons from a distance My faith tells me Is surmountable Perhaps it will be a smooth sail On a quiet sea Or a road no less arduous Than the  sharp-stoned path Which bloodied my feet Since many miles ago No matter The destination seems bright And beautiful enough While I have covered greater distances With less hope And no small despair
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