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Counting the Omer

Day 24

Tiferet Sheb’Netzach compassion within endurance, balance within eternity, Creation was born from an act of compassion as the Holy Blessed one contacted allowing space for all that is to grow, evolve, change, become and this love is essential, eternal. Contraction in this case is not simply a withdrawal it is also an obligation, a promise, a contract. On a recent walk my dog chomped down on a thin branch as canines are inclined to do. I rescued the damaged twig, snipped the end with a clean cut, and placed it in a vase of water on the windowsill with plenty of light. Each morning I’ve watched to see how the yellow protective shells have slowly released their hold and now tiny white flowers are opening, I am fairly certain they are blueberry blossoms. In the wild the berries would form completely, (I’m not sure that will happen in this situation), yet the mother plants in the forest will feed birds and animals with their fruit, that is their obligation, their promise, their contract, the undigested seeds will be released by the creatures, settle into the soil and start their journey becoming new plants. On and on, holding, letting go, holding letting go. As parents it is the same, holding, letting go, holding, letting go, contracting, allowing space for our children to grow, evolve, change, become adults; love is not the challenge, in all honesty for me, as our youngest daughter, a high school senior close to graduation pushes away (and pushes my buttons so to speak), compassion in this particular form of truly letting go, of trusting the process, is often frightening and painful, yet I know it is essential, a promise, a contract, an obligation that like my parents and their parents and parents throughout time, wild blueberries and all living things, balances the world eternally, Tiferet Sheb’Netzach.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Still Standing




fragile still standing 
summer yellow frock a dream
stripped down to essence

lily skeletons
balanced on hollow straw stems
i remember you

standing still fragile
how alike we have become
stripped down to essence








Sweet Shot Day

27 comments:

  1. the essence of bare bones
    fragility

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  2. This is so fragile and beautiful!
    I'm amazed at seeing these photos...
    WOW!
    The poem expresses their impact,their message!
    Great job

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  3. Laura- This is beautiful, metaphorical... the last stanza especially.

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  4. definitely like little rib cages.

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  5. Intriguing photographs, they are lovely.

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  6. "How alike we have become stripped down to essence." Beautiful words and photos, kiddo. And beautiful essences, too:)

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  7. great last line and you know...both are still standing...smiles....nice perspective on the pics too...

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  8. i remember you

    standing still fragile
    how alike we have become
    stripped down to essence



    Images and poem...perfection Laura! I love how the bit above makes the nature if it so personal. Beautiful.

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  9. Wonderful last stanza--I love your work and I wish you peace--

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  10. Such a carefully worded metaphor - each word carries weight. Just superb writing.

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  11. stripped down to essence...sometimes that's a good thing...getting aware of our fragility...though not an easy process at all...the pics are breath-taking laura

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  12. Isn't this exactly what we all become, eventually. It's what we do with our lives before they return to their essence, isn't it?
    Beautiful Haiku. Each compliments the other, perfectly.

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  13. a lot of living beings that seem fragile, are actually not...they survive in a harsh environment

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  14. Beautiful pics and poignant verse. K.

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  15. Perfect mix of pictures and words. Nice use of repetition as well.

    Great work.

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  16. Such a great ending, Laura. Dear friend I wish you Chag Chag Sameach and best wishes. xo

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  17. side by side by side
    changing lilies
    bare
    beauties

    hope there is some good news for you....you remain with me and in my prayers.

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  18. Wonderful mesh of pictures and words. Perfectly compliments to each other. Really like the repetition as well.

    Very nice work here.

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  19. Devastating, Laura--sparse, simple, true, and beautiful. The photography also is just luminous. So enjoyed seeing more of your work this last Sunday at real toads.

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  20. Absolutely exquisite..a wonderful metaphor for life!

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  21. Great poem, and photos to accompany. I really like how you switched the lines up here to change the meaning: "fragile still standing" vs. "standing still fragile".

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  22. We are all One. And declared. Good ! So lovely

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  23. Powerful images & words, Laura.
    You have described essence wonderfully comparing the fragility of a dying lily to your relationship: weak?, yes, but still standing.
    :)

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