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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Beauty that Hurts

as the sun rises behind the trees

painting the sky with her fire

kissing the clouds with colors
I dare not insult
by attempting to describe

my heart breaks

my eyes well up with tears

the beauty is so overwhelming

it hurts

This sunrise from yesterday was just so. I grabbed my camera and tried with futility to capture what I was seeing, was impossible. IMPOSSIBLE. So I sat and watched the show in silence. That was a possibility in which I could dwell.


  1. My camera is with me at all times, ready at a moments notice to capture the sights before my eyes. But there have been times when I knew the lens could not contain the beautiful before me. I have turned off the camera and watched.

  2. sometimes in our attempts to share the moment with others through photos, we lose the actual moment ourselves

    glad you gave in and sat in the moment and absorbed it for yourself

  3. Kel and Squirrel,
    Absolutely in...falling to the moment. I find it fascinating that at times looking through the lens of my camera can draw me closer to the present, opening me more to awe, and at other times it becomes a separating veil. Figuring out when to put the camera down is simply grace.

  4. I love sunrises and sunset, there is something infinitely poetic about them. Your words are so fitting the images, lovely!

  5. Oh, those shots are beautiful beyond compare, Laura. And I so know what you mean, my heart swells over something each day. A tree. A river. A water bird.

    I love how God is so proud of his art work he is constantly sharing it!

  6. Zuzanna...I know, but the kind of poem that a high school teacher would try to get you to deconstruct and dissect and then you'd (well, I'd) feel frustrated because to do that completely misses the point...hearing the words, seeing the image, feeling the vibration of the music in our body, the taste in our mouths, the fragrance as we inhale...Sunrises and sunsets must be experienced to be understood. Trying to explain them to someone else is just not possible.

    Jannie...I immediately visualized the world as a large refrigerator door after reading your comment...and I know you know what I mean!

  7. At first glance I thought the trees were on fire. In a way they were, set on fire by the sun. Beautiful. I've tried to capture sunrise with little success. The last time I think the message was for me to pay attention and not to try and capture the scene. It worked because I still remember that morning.

  8. Hi Laura,

    There is something about sunrises and sunsets that are just magical. I love to observe both for they are great reminders of the beauty and power of God.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

    Love and blessings,
    Nadia - Happy Lotus

  9. Hi does look like fire...maybe metaphorically the fire of the sun is a reminder of our human desire to capture something untamed and uncontrolled that is not ours to hold and cannot ever be contained...we may witness it for fleeting everything else in life...temporary...and if we are so blessed we can watch the sunrise the next day too and learn the lesson of letting go once again.

    So true...who/what could possibly create a vision as lovely as the rising or setting sun other than the Creator? The colors wake up AWE in me.


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