5/21/2013

Texture Tuesday ... from the bluff

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     Where To

     Ignore the weathered pathway,
     the chiseled directions
     the far-off, fragrant promise.
     Ignore the wind
     your impeccable standards for safety.
     Ignore speed.
     Ignore
     the expectation of a handrail.
     Ignore the outlook,
     the voluptuous fantasy,
     the glossy, glimmered possibilities.
     Ignore your shoes
     the rip in your striped socks
     the small fissures of doubt or disappointment.
     This is where you are.
     This is the only place you can possibly be.

     Even if
     no one else is visible for miles
     and you want, more than anything,
     to stop the pending disaster of your legs,
     to surrender that piece of yourself that still hopes.

     Do not swivel from your purpose.
     Do not dash yourself against the sand, striking innocent driftwood.
     Do not turn around, back to the parking lot
     where your old car idles, leaking its silly, extravagant oil.
     Even when the sidewalk ends,
     there is a sea somewhere just beyond,
     waiting for you.


     ~ poem by Maya Stein


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Linking up with Kim Klassen's 'Texture Tuesday' ... free & easy edition
Techie mumbo-jumbo:  image shot with DSLR, vintage look created
added Kim's texture, framed.



26 comments:

  1. Impressive place to be Christi ..... ;-)
    ((wo)man is soooo small !)

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    1. No one is there, Els, simply an illusion! Driftwood person, maybe ;>]]

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  2. love that poem. and the image.

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    1. Thank you.
      A very serendipitous day, as they go sometimes,
      one thing leading to another.

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  3. So beautiful, I love this photo :)
    Magically beautifully!!
    Linnea

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    1. I felt a bit of magic on that bluff, Linnea,
      and then Maya's poetry brought the moment
      right to the tip of my shoes!

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  4. Beautiful image and the poem

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    1. Thank you,
      very pleased to have you visit here, Debbie.

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  5. Beautiful - I'll be coming back to read this one over and over again!

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    1. I'm so frequently inspired by Maya's words
      and every now & then a photo just seems to fit ...
      many thanks, Penny.

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  6. Lovely shades of grey and a beautiful poem.

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    1. "Shades of grey" .... yes, that's what it was exactly, that day.
      Big broody sky, too. A good place for thinking.

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  7. what a wonderful photo, I just want to reach in and touch everything

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    1. Thank you, Susan.
      Hold onto your hat ~ it's windy out there ;>]

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  8. Just beautiful. It is almost like a Black and White with just hints of color throughout. Very nice.

    Earl

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    1. Thank you, Earl, that's exactly what I was aiming for ... just a hint of color
      and several dashes of mood.

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  9. you have the best eyes Christi!

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    1. Oh gosh. Thank you for that. Sincerely.

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  10. The image and the poem complement each other so nicely. There's a balance of calm and excitement, of stay and go. Bravo!

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    1. The first thought that popped into my head was, gosh ... wander if this has anything to do with the fact that I'm a Gemini? Silly thoughts, maybe. But that two-sided thing rears its head quite often and balancing between two realities/thoughts/inspirations is an ongoing challenge. Always.

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  11. Dear Texture Tuesday friends,
    I'm sure you know that Kim's husband is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Leukemia in Winnepeg. I would like for us TT followers to do something special for Kim and John this week. If you are able, could you create a Texture Tuesday image with the theme of HEALING for Kim and John, and post it on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kimklassencafe this Tuesday? I would love to see a big show of support and love for them.
    Thank you,
    Joyelle Brandt, Texture Tuesday fan
    www.joyellebrandt.com

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