I’ve been working on new posts but have neglected to finish any recently. With that in mind, I went back to some old poems and pulled a few out that caught my eye for one reason or another. I’m rather undecided about whether or not I think they’re “good”, but still, there is something about most of them that appeals to me. Here is an untitled piece that is at least 15 years old… Hope you enjoy!
Closing sunset’s door
night creeps in without offering a candle.
Imprisoning me with the stench of desperation…
it wraps its charred fingers around my throat
and chokes out any hint of light
remaining in my dismal room.
Lulling me with its siren song
the twilight offers a flicker – a flame.
Through the warped and greasy lens of age
I glimpse one last vestige of an ambient dawn
exultant and guileless –
like cartwheels in the sun…
The mirage falters and fades
burning my retinas for the briefest moment
in its glorious jubilation.
And then night returns –
creeping into each far corner
and extinguishing the beacon of my memory
leaving cold oppression
in this claustrophobic room.
Here I am posting my ‘photo challenge’ at the 11th hour, as usual. 🙂 I’ve had the photos picked out to post, but unfortunately, a pretty stout headache this morning had turned into a full-blown migraine by tonight… After hours of ice packs and pain meds, I’ve finally taken the edge off and I’m going to try to get some sleep. (YAY!) Since I already had the shots I thought I’d drop by and put ’em out here.
The theme this week was “Together” and although there were a couple of other photographs I would’ve liked to share there wasn’t time. Maybe they’ll fit into the theme a different week!
I got excited about this challenge because I take a lot of photos with the sun as a feature…. Between the leaves of trees or buildings, through the petals of a flower, through cracked windows in abandoned buildings – there are many ways I’ve tried to capture the sun or sun rays in shots. The problem with this challenge is that I waited until today to post it and today I’ve had horrible nerve pain all day long. I didn’t get a chance to sort through some of my older shots (which contained better examples) and restricted my choices to about the last 5-6 months. Even though I didn’t get a chance to pull out a couple of shots that I thought would be nice interpretations of this challenge, I did find some other captures. Actually, I found quite a few. So with no further rambling – here they are! 🙂
I promise I’m almost finished! 🙂
And finally – the only picture that I actually took this week. Hubby wasn’t crazy about it, but for some reason I loved it. It was such an eerie, strange sky – the photo has only been slightly sharpened and cropped. It may look like it’s a b&w photo but it’s not! That’s just how different the sky and lighting were at that time of day at that spot.
I hope you’ve enjoyed & thanks for stopping by!
As always, please remember that these images are my private property and not for public use or copying. Thanks! 🙂
Friday is when the new photo challenge posts so this is technically late since it is last week’s challenge. I let too many things distract me and didn’t get it posted in time, but I already had some pictures picked out so I thought I’d go ahead and post them. The topic for this challenge was ‘two subjects’. There are many ways to interpret this so I chose several different shots. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
I’ve only been to Chicago once, but it was a fantastic trip and for some reason I always liked the next photo a lot… 🙂
And finally – the photo that is currently my profile picture for my Etsy shop! 🙂
50 posts! Wow… I can’t believe I’ve been able to write this many posts and still have people stop by and read them! 🙂
At the beginning of the past week I realized this would be a milestone post, so I tried to come up with something interesting to write about. It didn’t take long for me to realize there weren’t any good ideas in my brain. So I did the only thing that makes sense when faced with a challenge – I procrastinated! For days. That doesn’t usually accomplish anything but wasted time, but luck was with me this week. I received a phone call from my sister one afternoon that changed any plans I might have thought I had for post number fifty. One of our local radio stations – WDVX – has a program they call the ‘Blue Plate Special’ which airs live Monday through Saturday at noon. Various musical acts perform in front of a live studio audience and my sister wanted to let me know that Joan Osborne was the guest Thursday. !!!! Ms. Osborne is a singer-songwriter that is, perhaps, best known for the song “One of Us” from her 1995 album Relish. In my opinion, ‘One of Us’ was one of the weaker songs on the album while most of the others showcased more of a rich, edgy sound that the single lacked. It was certainly more of a radio-friendly song, but many of the other tracks far outshine it.
We’re not here, however, to discuss Joan Osborne as I remember her from the 90’s… we’re here to discuss Joan Osborne from a couple of days ago when I was lucky enough to join a room full of people gathered to hear her sing a short set for WDVX.
Joan and her band were actually the second part of the show – the first performace was from the group HuDost. I don’t know much about them, but they had a very unique and creative sound that everyone seemed to enjoy. If you’re interested in eclectic world music you should definitely check them out!
After HuDost finished their performance Joan and her band came out and took the stage. Their set was not a long one – 30 to 40 minutes – but it was so much fun. Her voice is still as gorgeous as ever and I was thrilled to finally be able to see her live! Performing songs from her new CD Bring It On Home – she captivated the crowd filling every corner of the small room with the selection of vintage blues and soul songs. Bring It On Home rocks with songs from R&B greats like Ray Charles, Al Green, and Otis Redding, and Joan was in her element singing them.
If you haven’t heard her new CD and enjoy that type of music you should look it up and at least listen to a couple of songs. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. 🙂 Everyone in our small group had a great time and agreed that having a ‘Blue Plate Special’ with Joan Osborne was a great way to spend a lunch hour!
If you told me Monday that I’d have such an experience to write about by Friday, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. It was a great week to have a milestone blog post and I’m so glad my sister heard about the opportunity and invited me along!
A huge THANK YOU to Joan for a wonderful show!! Thanks to my sister for bringing some ‘glad you’re feeling a little better’ cheer to the week and thanks to hubby for making sure I was able to get out of the house to enjoy it! lol!
And as always – thanks to you for stopping by and visiting me here… Hope it’s a great weekend!
a little rain must fall,
i know it’s true,
on me and you..
but what if we could stay
warm and dry…
would you want to try?
can you face the dark
on the blackest night?
will you be alright?
or does it quicken
that darkness, too,
that lives in you?
it brings a flood
back down on me —
the downpour never
seems to end
and we’re here again…
make the easy choice
and i have no voice.
by your sharp neglect,
shouldn’t you protect?
the rain devours me
and you still crawl
was it worth the fall?
shame and stench
of your temptation
was it an obligation?
the tired cliché,
a storm has passed,
come clean at last…
upon these stones
your fragile bones ~
broken but free
bring me light again
& end this salted rain.
~heather m. tolley
This was one of those times that I started typing and the words just came out… I haven’t reread it so it might be really REALLY bad! 🙂 If that’s the case, please go easy on me in the comments, okay? 🙂
If you’re interested in photography and anything like me you probably have a gear wish list that exceeds your budget… lol! That’s why I got SO excited when I saw that Epiphanie Camera Bags was having a giveaway! If you’re not familiar with their products you should definitely check out the website. Their bags are a modern, stylish way to safely carry your camera equipment without having to lug around an unattractive camera bag. (Incidentally, that’s what I’ll continue to do until I can afford an alternative! lol) The winner will not only receive a 16×20 photo canvas from ‘Canvas Pop’ – they’ll also receive an Epiphanie Bag!! If this sounds at all interesting you ought to check it out! One of the ways to earn an entry in the contest is to post your photo submission – the topic is “green” – but you need to do it soon because the contest ends on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:59PM CST!
There were several photo options I considered for my entry, but since I’ve recently been researching small space gardening I opted to go with a veggie photo – a green tomato on the vine! Hope you enjoy!
I know I already did a post of photos for the “through” challenge, but there were several shots I didn’t include. Then I took some shots a couple of days ago and thought one of them would be another good interpretation of this challenge, so I decided to post another set with some of the originals that didn’t make the first cut. lol! Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Finally, the shot I got a couple of days ago —
Hope you enjoyed these shots! You can check out my other entry for this challenge here… Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Well, I typed an entire post and tried to add the last photo only to have the whole post disappear. I stared at the screen with a stunned expression, went to look at the draft and guess what? It had already auto-saved the blank screen. Nice. lol! Guess I’m still a little grumpy from being sick all week… 🙂
Ok. Enough of that! The original post was about how much I missed participating in the weekly photo challenge each week on The Daily Post. It’s something I really enjoy and great fun even if your blog doesn’t focus on photography! For those of you that aren’t familiar with the challenge, this is how it works (instructions taken from The Daily Post):
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.
Check it out or try it on your blog – just make sure you come back here and let me know so I can come visit the post! 🙂 If you’d like to start this week, the challenge is “Through”. Photos taken “through” something or framed by something… what would YOUR interpretation be? Here are some of mine:
And finally –
Hope you enjoyed & hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
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