The Beauty Around Us

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Posts tagged ‘Poetry’

“X” in the Sky

_LG25439

 

A warm glow encompassed our house this morning, as the sun rose. I watched the beautiful show in the sky through a bedroom window.  I had just showered and washed my hair. The outside temperature was 16° Fahrenheit, and I didn’t want to stand outside with my wet head (especially having just got over a bad head cold).  I couldn’t resist, though, pushing down the top half of the window pane to take a picture of an “X” in the sky that revealed itself to me.

 

contrails

contrail cloud:
evidence of a journey
swept away on winds
as lives
speed invisible
through Earth’s
ocean sky.

Poem © 2008 R. Burnett Baker

Little Robin Redbreast

_LG20685Little Robin Redbreast

This robin caught my eye the other day.  I was in the living room and had just risen up from the reclining loveseat.  I just caught a glimpse of red against the dark color of the tree branches.  I went into the bedroom and got my camera out of its bag.  I had to change from a 12-40mm lens to a 40-150mm lens.  Can you believe it?  By the time I returned to the living room, little robin redbreast was still sitting in that tree, waiting for me.  I snapped this picture through our living room window glass pane.

Earlier in the day I saw Spooky, a black neighborhood kitty that visits us from time to time.

Seeing Spooky and then seeing the robin brought to mind a nursery rhyme that years and years ago I knew verbatim.  Age tends to diminish some memories, so I had to search the Internet for this particular nursery rhyme.

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a tree,
Up went the Pussy-Cat,
And down went he;
Down came Pussy-Cat,
Away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast—
Catch me if you can.

There are other variations of this nursery rhyme, as well as at least another verse to this particular version.  These lines, though, are what I recall repeating over and over again as a child.

First Day of Spring

It is the first day of Spring, and this is what I see.

P3203940 4x6

“Ah, who will tell me, in these leaden days,
Why the sweet Spring delays,
And where she hides, — the dear desire
Of every heart that longs
For bloom, and fragrance, and the ruby fire
Of maple-buds along the misty hills,
And that immortal call which fills
The waiting wood with songs?
The snow-drops came so long ago,
It seemed that Spring was near!
But then returned the snow
With biting winds, and all the earth grew sere,
And sullen clouds drooped low
To veil the sadness of a hope deferred…”

~ Henry Van Dyke, Late Spring

Beauty in the Rain

E1113976 4x6

BEAUTY IN THE RAIN
by Jim Metcalf

If you fancy that you have an eye for beauty,
test it on a rainy day…
A cold and foggy day that wears no make-up.

Test it in the shades of gray
that consume the sun and rob the flowers of their colors,
leaving them forlorn in dingy places
like tired and aging ballerinas in faded dancing clothes;
huddling in the drafty wings of empty opera houses.

Gaze across the rooftops and the chimneys,
painted like Utrillo’s Paris
On the canvas of the smoke and fog
of a dying afternoon in winter.

It takes no eye for beauty
to find it on a lovely day.
It thrusts itself upon you
in the sunshine and the warm.
But it hides; becomes aloof, elusive
in the cold and in the rain.

Come, Walk With Me

Come, Walk With Me
a poem by Emily Jane Brontë

P2230075 4x6

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now –
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled –

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew –
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine –

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -‘

——————————————————————————————————————-

Bob and I went to Niagara Falls yesterday to celebrate my birthday.  En route Niagara Falls we made a brief stop at Griffis Sculpture Park – Rohr Hill Road Site – in Ashford Hollow, NY, where I took the photograph shown above.  I feel that the poem “Come, Walk With Me” fits the photograph very well.  Do you feel the same way too?

Remembering Dad

Dad passed away 9 years ago today, at the age of 74.  Dad was less than a month away from his 75th birthday.  This morning I pored through photographs from years past.  While looking through the photographs, I recaptured memories of days gone by.  I remembered Dad with smiles not tears.

20130214Dad

Please click on photograph to enlarge.

2003 Photo0316

This photograph was taken in June 2003 at a family reunion. As Bob and I were getting ready to leave, I asked him to take a picture of my family. I am so thankful that I have this photograph. This is the last photograph I have of Dad, Mom, my brother, Jim, and I.

Don’t think of him as gone away
his journey’s just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

-Author Unknown

Jack Frost

Jack Frost
By C.E. Pike

Look out! Look out!
Jack Frost is about!|
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.

E1245741 4x6

He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he,
His silvery powder he’ll shake.
To windows he’ll creep
And while we’re asleep
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.

E1245743 4x6

Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white.
Then home he will go
And laugh ho, ho ho!
What fun I have had in the night.

Chateaux des Fleurs

Sharing a world of joy with photos and words

THEVYPEFFECT

all about travelling in korea

Munazza Bangash

The Hall of Beauty

National Parks USA

A tour of Public Lands & National Parks with T

Forester (Farster) Ancestry

The Ancestry of My Grandpap Roy Wilson "Pete" Forester (1915-1989)

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Skid and Sandy On The Road

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

vivacioushoopster

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Brown About

The Motorhome Adventures of Joan and Stephen

My Mommy's Place

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

A Tree Falling

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Mr. Bill's Travel Blog

Amputee Travel... let the adventures begin!

Viewing nature with Eileen

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

Deep Thoughts

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Rambling On

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Talk and Chatter

Reviews, talk, and fun

Senior Moments

The random musings of a fairly active Tennessee retiree

Pics & Pieces

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

PHOTOJOURNAL OF CORKER2

TRYING TO DO THIS WITHOUT A DEGREE!

Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

MY QUALITY TIME

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Linda's Peaceful Place

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Life's Funny Like That

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

JOYFUL REFLECTIONS

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

I'll give you a piece of my mind

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Hospitality Lane

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Gretchen's Traveling

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

An English Girl Rambles from 2016 to ....

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog