The day job and other concerns have kept me from doing much writing or other creative pursuits, but the garden is humming along and I can still take the time to point a camera. My tomatoes are starting to bear and I have the first fragile bean starting to emerge.
This week’s Daily Post photo challenge theme is “Shadow”. Since my Canon died and I have not gotten a new camera yet, I have been taking pictures with my iPad. This image is of my hand through the skin of one of my frame drums. This is far more eerie than I expected. One can see the fibers in the skin and the blood in my hand.
The prompt is to honor of the observance of Earth Day in a poem. My poem is to honor the One who created the Earth:
Some are swept away by the swell of music
as if they were struck by an ocean wave.
Some are moved by a caress of a loved one
as if a gentle breeze had touched them.
Others are split to shards like a lightning-struck tree
when they crack open the sacred word.
My being is rocked
when I see moon jellies floating in a blue abyss,
when I watch a sea lion dance
under her mirror-topped world,
when the dark presence of sycamores
and ancient oaks close over the mountain trail,
when a great bird spreads her wings and glides,
when a human is at one with the elements.
Today’s NaPoWrimo prompt is a challenging one: “to write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.” The challenge to the reader is to discern the connection of the twist at the end. (This post is pulling double duty as a response to the Daily Post’s prompt.)
At the Beach
Lacy white foam splays over dark wet sand. Soaking in, it sizzles like a steak on a grill. Golden sparkles on sapphire water, blinding to the eye. A wad of newspaper tumbles in the breeze getting caught up in a tangle of wilting sea kelp. Did I remember to take the laundry out of the dryer?
Today’s Daily Post prompt: “Tell us your funniest relationship disaster story.”
You might think I am going to talk about some third rate romantic escapade, some titillating romp with a partner. Well, I will — in a way.
You see, I have this “on-again-off-again” romance with writing, arting, and photographing.
Right now, I totally hate my journal and my paints and my camera. They all sit there mocking me, telling me that I have been a neglectful, unfaithful lover. They confront me with allegations that I have been two-timing them — er, rather, “three-timing” them. They say I would rather paint than write, journal with a pen rather than with a camera. All three accuse me of being some tart who likes to flirt with other past-times like bill-paying work, social media, entertainment, books, and, the most appalling: with REAL PEOPLE.
They would be correct. I have been. I am remorseful. I have failed them all.
So here is what I propose: I am on my winter holiday break for the next three weeks and I vow to engage with one of my lovers each day during this period. Behavior experts say that habits are made or broken in about three weeks. My hope is that by the end of this period, I will be back on track and not stray again from their loving embrace. I may even settle on one of them and enter into a “forever” relationship.
We will see. Something may arise to derail this plan. I may fall in love with skydiving, rock-climbing or gourmet Nepalese cooking.