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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Just the Same






the stories that we tell
struggling to stay safe
subtle plea for sanity
flags stake our claim unfurl

this world was never black or white
there were always shades of gray
righteous fools divide the light
blind to the shadow play

i penned this feeling I am right
which makes us just the same
circular continuum
tale chasing dogma game

the stories that we tell
struggling to stay safe
one eye closed the other
trained on a pinhole view

oh you and I are just the same
we are the blurred array
for this world is never black or white
there are always shades of gray



These words are longing to be a song, I'm working on it, we'll see.


I like to imagine my obvious liberal leanings create a more spacious view of the world, that somehow it makes me more accepting. In a way this is true, however on deeper consideration, this thought alone is a judgment of those who don't think/act like me, which isn't really any different from my perception of them. I am clear that everyone has a right to their opinions, yet when I don't agree with someone else's opinion, some group I feel judged by, well... I mean, even a blanket statement like "Can't we all just get along?" which sounds really embracing and compassionate, beneath the surface there is a subtle implication of separation. Yes we are all unique in the experiences that shape us, but ultimately we are all just humans. And we are more alike than we might "think," mainly because we DO think!



Flowers for Leontien

Click the link above to learn more about Leontien and this special project... fragile flowers for you Leontien, I hope their delicate beauty gives you strength.

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83 comments:

  1. Love that these are in black and white. Your words to your song are fantastic

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  2. Sweet. Looks like some good flowers to make a daisy chain with.

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  3. Beautiful words, and I love your photos!

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  4. These are great and so the words!

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  5. Nice shots. I especially like the tenderness in the first, second and last one. Wish you a good weekend :)

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  6. one eye closed the other
    trained on a pinhole view

    oh you and I are just the same
    we are the blurred array

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    wow!

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  7. Aeat serie of shots! Lovely to see!

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  8. a masterpiece... love the bokeh in all your pictures.

    -r1-

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  9. Nice shots and wonderful song-to-be.

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  10. It's amazing what a different black and white can make. Great shots.

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  11. I love black and white photography,
    but life itself is all the shades of gray.
    Which keeps it interesting.

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  12. Not just..
    Not exactly the same
    Nothing is never the same
    It always turns into difference...so often into beauty...

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  13. Delicately captured and presented... love your words as well... Thank you Laura, for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #33!

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  14. It definitely should be a song! I have thought often that people who see their way as one straight line (or their world in black and white) ... are kind of lucky in a way -- they don't have to think much, there's only one way to go, one way to think. BUT I never ever like those kind of people. People who recognize that it's all about shades of gray are my kind of people!

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  15. Lovely poem and beautiful contemplative images. :)

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  16. Wonderful wispy seeds ready to blow in the wind.

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  17. lovely delicate flowers for leontien!!

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  18. Hi Laura! Love this post, very touching!

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  19. This is beautiful. I love the black and white for these lovely images.

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  20. A great song in the making! And lovely b&w photos Laura.

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  21. Your delicate photos are mesmerizing and your words ring true.

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  22. Very delicate photos! Beautiful shots. I enjoyed your photos very much.

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  23. These images look lovely. So pretty in B&W..

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  24. I know Leontien will appreciate your thoughtfulness, Laura. Lovely captures and words.

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  25. Amazing shots! The black and white is very dramatic.

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  26. You have a wonderful ability to capture the light.

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  27. Beautiful words and images! Hope your words will turn into a song, soon...

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  28. Lovely photos and words. Have a fine week.

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  29. Gorgeous image and I love your song-to-be. Beautiful.

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  30. Wonderful details from the flowers. Beautiful Macros.

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  31. Laura your post is thought provoking sort of a spiritual reflection.

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  32. Love your flower shots in B&W.

    Thanks for your recent visit and comment on my blog. Much appreciated.

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  33. Wonderful in black and white.

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  34. The pictures are lovely, Laura, but the thought is profound. Few people, of any leaning, see the judgments they level at others.

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  35. Some lovely macros!!! They work well in B&W! Thanks for visiting MammothLakesDP!!!

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  36.   Beautiful flowers and plants in this series. Good photos in B & W.

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  37. Nice words and pictures, too :).

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  38. Frumoase fotografii.
    Mi-a plăcut: "for this world is never black or white
    there are always shades of gray".

    Să ai o noapte liniştită şi faină.

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  39. You're so right Laura, it's so difficult to see that we are one, when all around us separation seems to be the rule.

    Nice write. And it's nice to read you again.

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  40. Your words run deep. Beautiful and heart felt!

    "We are the blurred array"


    So glad I visited.
    Great black and white shots!

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  41. Your commentary resonated so much with me; I struggle with this--remaining aware of this tendency that on the surface seems compassionate and yet is an expectation of conformity...a conundrum! "this thought alone is a judgment of those who don't think/act like me" ... indeed...

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  42. 'for this world is never black or white
    there are always shades of gray'
    Those two lines are already playing over and over in mind - the music will be lovely. :)

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  43. These pictures are so beautiful! LOVE THEM!

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  44. Lovely writing, insightful philosophy and glorious photos, as always, Laura. Beautiful post!

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  45. The last stanza is so honest and true. My favorite within this heartfelt piece.

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  46. Those grey areas can cause lots of trouble. Love the pics too.

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  47. Gorgeous blooms!

    Orange Lilies, have a great week ahead.

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  48. Great mix of photography and spirituality.

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  49. Beautiful pictures!
    Laura Thanks for visiting!
    I wish you a beautiful week!
    To hold you dearly!

    http://elenax2009.blogspot.ro/

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  50. Lovely shots, Laura. And the words who goes with them.

    Irene

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  51. Your poem "Just the same" workedon me--both with the pictures and alone--and I will love it as a song. It needs no explanation because you caught a truth and like a firefly, the truth cannot help but glow.

    The core is the heart:

    "i penned this feeling I am right
    which makes us just the same
    circular continuum
    tale chasing dogma game"

    And here numerous images pop up--the ouroborous, a cat or other pet, story books on legs trying to fit into the Bible or other book-- ANd the repetitions are perfect. Write the song.

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  52. I also read somewhere that evil has to exist or else we wouldn't know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.
    I do tend to try to live by the motto 'live and let live' we are all the same under the skin and yet, we are all so very different in our beliefs, faiths and living.
    In this world now, ego and money seem to have become the overall dominant factor instead of love.
    Enjoyed your pics and your prose, thank you.

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  53. gret series :). have a nice day ...

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  54. What wonderful words and photos you have on your calming gentle blog here. We are connected on so many levels...

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  55. Such divine words and shots.

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  56. Exquisite photos and beautiful word, Laura!

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  57. Beautiful pictures and nice words! very good job!

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  58. What beautiful shots, and the words are lovely :0)

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  59. Tolerance is very hard for primates, or most other animals, but we should indeed be able to allow each others' differences because as you say, we can think, and we should not just think, but *know* how true your words here are. We are all more the same than we are different. Well, except for the sociopaths. ;_)

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  60. may your song come to life!
    lovely images and words full of life's tale.

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  61. These are all amazing!! So crisp and sharp!!

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  62. There are those who posture there is only black and white...so wrong. There is that gray area that life lives in. Beautiful words and love the photos!!

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  63. Laura,
    Your view was breathtaking! I love the enchantment of your photos and these words:
    "this world was never black or white
    there were always shades of gray
    righteous fools divide the light
    blind to the shadow play"
    Wow...
    I love your poem :D

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  64. Somewhere amid those many shades of gray are some answers.. and probably more questions. Lovely post, as always.

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  65. I like the way you worked the shades of gray - so complimentary to your pictures.

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  66. we see dimly through that pin hole at tiems dont we...really like...righteous fools divide the light
    true that...love your b&w pics though...

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  67. yep...life has many shades..sometimes i see it in black and white though and have to remind myself again...love the images...my fav is no. 2 this time..

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  68. I really like this, Laura... especially the last two stanzas.

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  69. LOVE this, Laura. I always believed that !

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  70. When I was doing my hours for my psychotherapy license I had a supervisor that really helped me exist in the various shades of ambiguity--of grey --with clients. Being with and holding--your write helped me remember him with fondness--

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  71. I love what you say about fools dividing the light. So very foolish, indeed. So often we don't see this happening right in front of us!

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  72. Very nice write. I particular love this stanza:
    the stories that we tell
    struggling to stay safe
    one eye closed the other
    trained on a pinhole view

    Lots of wisdom here. Thanks

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  73. Beautiful pictures! I do see that this poem could easily evolve into song. Wonderful!

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  74. Dividing the light...wow! Lovely images as always.We humans can divide, even in our efforts to unite.

    I thank you for you kind words to my email yesterday. They are such a sweet offering. I will consider them in between my distractions. I wrote when I was exhausted... but I sometimes think truer feelings are able to surface. Sorry I have been away so long. xo <3

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