Tag: beauty

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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

I often wish
That I could perceive time
Like mountains of stone
Or a star
Minutes pass like seconds
Epochs turned as the sun crosses the sky
To watch the birth and death of solar systems
The way in one short life
I’ve seen the comings and goings
Of family and fame

But this is the time I’m given
And but for the tricks
Of cameras and imagination
This is all the time I have
So best to try and wrench from it
Every moment I can experience

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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

This is not the place for them
Because their cherished values
Will be confronted
Every moment of every day

And that is why

You should come

Because this scene is neither
Remarkable nor unusual
It is mundane
Everyday

Most of the world’s people
Your brothers and sisters
Live out their lives
In scenes like this one

Or what you would consider to be
Much much worse

Scenes which appear
Dirty
Unkempt
Dilapidated

But if you don’t come
If you don’t spend quality time
With your human family
In their homes
You may never learn

The true beauty of this scene
And all the people in it

Nonetheless, they deserve better

From those of us
Who assume we have better
Because we are better

In no small measure
We have better
Because we’ve bettered them
But are superior in no other way

Than an accident of natal geography

It’s easier to see that
If you come

So if you are enabled
By conditions of privilege
To travel internationally
Privilege built in part on their poverty

You should come

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Shadow and Light, Museu de les Ciències, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain

Leaving The Grey Between

We are these incredible creatures
Of both darkness and light
We keep buried so very deeply
So we might never know how full
Is the pain of our despair
Or the beauty of our spirit
Or the strength we might show
If we could but release ourselves
From the grey we have created
To keep the best of ourselves
And the worst of ourselves
Beneath the skin
Beneath our consciousness
Beyond our capacity
To love