Time stands still; we wait
the noise of speculation stark contrast to the reality that confronts us
Where do we go from here
and what authority to trust and in this imposed solitude
can we find the strength
of reflection, the courage to follow an inner lead?
Be safe out there all. Inspired by the promptings of Eugi’s Causerie:
courage; and Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week: glass.
So many questions cluttering my mind –
numbers and guidelines: Stay Inside!
I crave the single mindedness of a plant
whose nature tends towards sunlight
and contemplate the stillness of moss
wondering if it too feels the inquietude
And gaze on with envy as a solo flight passes
yearning to taste the freedom of escape.
Life has become so complicated, suddenly
Simplicity, we’re discovering, not so easy.
(Submitted for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge:
I’ve lived the fog of distance –
life’s highway a series of hills destination without promise
Have learned that acceptance gains perspective
that climates change, and hope sustains and that in the stillness dreams renew.
Now I travel quieter paths, appreciate
space, have surrendered to a slower pace – certain that this too will change. (For Lens-Artists Challenge: distance)
A landmark in my life, the river follows
ages, and eras, seasons measured by her flow
She acknowledges change, bears the winter
regally, swells with confidence as Spring rains
Will walk beside me in sunnier times, and
hold my secrets as Autumn catches us in her flames
She holds my heart, my faith, always knows
and at end of day, oh how she glows. (For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It.)
A walk in nature reduces life-sized problems
to ant-like awe – an open secret often ignored.
I travel back roads, am humbled by
the power of farm machines, the vastness of the sky.
Gratitude larger than this limiting skin.
(For Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy challenge:
make yourself small; Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: roads; and, Reena’s Exploration challenge: oxymorons.)
The path before me titillates –
beckoning hues, rolling hills – I set my lens on discovery.
My heart belongs to this land –
lush landscapes, and dynamic seasons – here I’ll stay till shadows succumb to night.
(For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge:
I cast my shadow over white banks
assert my presence, proud, defiant
Will find beauty in deserted golf courses
and colour in a monochrome season
I am haunted by a Winter state of mind
resolved to stretch myself despite creeping chill.
(Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is
winter scenes. This Winter I am challenging myself to endure a season that typically I escape. I am determined to find the blessings. So far, so good.)
Tracks on ice remind me that even in the depth of winter there is movement. I am conflicted by the onset of cold: resigned to spending more time indoors, and already feeling the restlessness set in.
Art projects line up, encouraged by the many related gifts I received for Christmas. Writing calls to me too – so many unfinished works vying for space.
Perhaps it is the confinement itself that I fear, having known what it is to be truly homebound, and never wishing to relive the experience. I have come to love the outdoors; have embraced nature as my sanctuary. Can I tolerate the separation?
Ice crusts, encloses, yet passion flows – fire carves path – driven to thrive.
( Happy New Year all! Image from personal collection.)
How many winter walks
ended with burrs matted in curly Wheaton hair; how you wriggled to escape the grooming, how we laughed at your jokester antics?
Your spirit still fills
the empty spaces, I hear the jingle of your collar, catch a whiff of terrier fluff, pull on an invisible leash whenever I encounter burrs.
Flower of the Day)
Donning Winter’s coat
Summer’s sparkle retreated – Garden is abed.
(For Cee’s Flower of the Day)