Saturday, February 26, 2011

Courage

Photo taken on a winter day. Sometimes the simplest scene will still to be able to teach me something or inspire a grand idea.

[ f/16, 1/125, 32 mm, ISO 200 ]
Courage

where do you
summon courage from
to reach so far
into the sky

though roots
would hold you
firmly down
away from this
you turn your eye

i sense there is
a lesson here
that you'd so boldly
have me learn

of loosening
what holds me back
and grasp what goals
i yet might earn

and though
there's tanglements
that would
our journey slow

there's always
hope and dreams
from which
my courage grows


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Friday, February 18, 2011

Peel Away the Layers

Photo taken during a winter walk - strips of birch bark peeling from the trunk. Each strip seems so fragile and yet I also find myself wondering about how the stripping away must somehow relate to the growth of the tree.

[ f/8, 1/800, 55mm, ISO 400 ]
Peeling Birch Bark

it is
the task
of lovers
to strip away
what layers
surround
our soul

each encounter
bringing closer
the truth
we must
together know

do not fear
my misconceptions

rather
you must
be ruthless

as you tear away
the bark

that hides
my yearning heart


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Friday, February 11, 2011

Winter's Calligraphy

I took this photo while snowshoeing in the Carp Ridge. The freshly fallen snow provided a wonderful background for all kinds of delicate plants and shrubbery to stand out. I was struck by how much many of them reminded me of calligraphy and other delicately written symbols.

[ f/4.5, 1/2500, 32mm, ISO 400 ]
Winter's Calligraphy

coming across what signs you leave
i have to confess that i failed to see
what it was you meant to say
when you had me stop that winter day

unsure of what you hoped to preach
and whether it was my mind or heart
that you wished to reach...

perhaps you wanted them to part

i know that seasons come and go
like love and hate there's ebb and flow
and yet sometimes one stays too long
it's hold upon you far too strong

and though i see with just my mind
that indeed the end will surely come

it is within my heart that shivers hold
unable to withstand the withering cold

and it is done

knowing that this time
spring for us
will fail to come


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

After the Snowfall

Photo taken while I was wondering in Andrew Hayden Park, Ottawa, after a snowfall.

[f/11, 1/320, 70mm, ISO 200 ]
After the Snowfall

let me
for a moment stop

arrested by your resolve
and what appears
a miracle

or something i
can't seem to solve

this season
should have buried you

and yet you still
with hope survive

with fragile skin
and narrow joints

defying cold
you stay alive

i wish i could
be more like you

stand strong against
what storms might come

rise above
the winds and clouds

and turn my face
towards the sun


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