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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Shifting Perspective






I set down the bowl of warm tears I’d been collecting
(expecting they were only for me) for there was
a timid tapping on the backdoor of my heart;
so soft it did not register at first.
Listening deeper to be certain I
drew back the curtain and there
she was. Her timing impeccable!
I welcomed her in, took another bowl down from the
cupboard, two spoons from a drawer,
two napkins from a basket;
they work just as well as tissues, don’t you know.
We sat and poured out our stories in equal measure.
There was plenty of comfort to share as we sipped
and sniffled and giggled at the good fortune
of not having to bear another day all by ourselves;
Loneliness came to visit, you see?




a different window
could open the heart in new
unexpected ways




Sometimes I get comfortable looking through the same window. Staying the course, observing the changes that happen on their own is an admirable practice. What if, every once in a while instead of waiting for the light and clouds to shift, I moved and looked at life through a different window; same sky, new perspective?




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90 comments:

  1. Very beautiful photos for SWF and post,Laura!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

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  2. Wonderful, dramatic skies for the day! Great captures!! Have a great weekend, Laura!!

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  3. Laura, What a beautiful post!! The photos are lovely, but it is the message in your words that touches the heart. Another inspiring and uplifting "gift" from you. Hugs. Mickie :)

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  4. A lovely serie of photos!
    Well done!

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  5. Lovely photos and thoughts. Viewing life through many windows is what it's all about.

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  6. Beautiful series! My favorit is the 4.th

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  7. Oh so amazingly true, we sometimes need to look out a different window and see what we might otherwise miss. I love this post more than you know!

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  8. Laura, beautiful post and lovely words. Your sky photos are lovely. You have a wonderful view out your windows. Happy Skywatching!

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  9. smiles...love the capturing of your tears...and puring out the stories...and it being loneliness that came to visit...so moving..sometimes we do just need that different perspective....

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  10. I have to go back, to re-read your message. It profoundly touched me, but I know there is more that I need to see with my heart.

    Your sky views are so beautiful - the glowing heart cloud is so precious. Thank you, dear Laura.

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  11. Beautiful photos. One cloud formation looks like a crab it made me smile. ^_^

    Kim,USA

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  12. Lovely words.
    Beautiful photos.
    JM Illinois

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  13. same sky different perspective
    same life different perspective
    can be a huge difference our perspective

    such gorgeous images ~

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  14. There's something soul soothing in sharing troubles...it doesn't mend our hearts, but it's like a soothing balm.

    Yes, it's interesting to see our usual views from a whole different angle.

    Lovely to be back here, Laura. :)

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  15. A change of perspective - and your photos and words do a fantastic job handling this! I also adored "loneliness came to visit". SUCH a poetic soul you are.

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  16. Excellent photography, and changing one's perspective from time to time is always a good and healthy thing to do!

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  17. Gorgeous gorgeous shots and lovely words. Hope loneliness is now satisfied and staying away.

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  18. Very beautiful captures, Laura!
    Lovely clicks!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/02/dew-droplets.html

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  19. Laura, no matter which window you choose to look out of, all you see is beauty!
    Hokey Smokes girl, you even seem to find beauty in Lonliness.
    Loved your observational 55
    Thanks for playing, your positive nature is always a Joy to behold. Have a Kick Ass Week-End
    G

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  20. Thank you for these moments, Laura... ((HUGS))

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  21. Sometimes a different window could be so refreshing!

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  22. Words and images are so tender, touching.

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  23. Good Grief! This may be my favorite post of all times...I want to read it again and again. And then ponder all the things it says.♥

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  24. I'm trying to look at some things from a different perspective. Sometimes that's difficult, but worth the try.

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  25. Breathtaking shots. Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

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  26. Beautiful photos and words as always, Laura. Don't allow loneliness to visit too often. Share a few tears and send it on its way.

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  27. ahh...so true. A change of scenery, a change in outlook, a new perspective...sometimes that's just what we need.

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  28. Beautiful post! I loved your poem.. so heartfelt!

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  29. Ganz wundervolle Himmelsbilder.

    LG Mathilda ♥

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  30. Beautiful pictures, I really like this sky above the trees, beautiful tones. They are visual poems. Greetings.

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  31. Sehr stimmungsvolle Himmel und Naturbilder!
    Ich liebe auch die verschiedene Stimmungen in immer dem gleichen Ausblick! Ich werde dich sicher oft hier besuchen kommen. Danke , dass Du bei meinem Blog vorbei schaust.
    LG
    Jutta

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  32. Beautiful words and photos :) Wonderful post.

    Thanks for your visit and for following. I'm following you too. Love your blog!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Hilde :)

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  33. Very beautiful photography of one of nature's gifts ~

    Carol of (A Creative Harbor)

    visiting from BW Weekend

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  34. I love the idea, expressed both visually and in words, that there is more than one entrance to the heart!!

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  35. Lovely images, gorgeous heart! I am always mindful of loneliness, being sure to not let her in!

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  36. Will be looking out a different window tomorrow because I retired today!

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  37. So beautiful and made very special by the poem. Those skies, that light - it's so true the best things in life are free!

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  38. I really like the idea of shifting your perspective, be the one to initiate the change, instead of passively waiting ... beautiful photos and thoughts :)

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  39. Remarkable, the piece about the visit from loneliness. As always, you are a precious spirit.

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  40. Beautiful series of images, very expressive the sky.

    Lg,
    Rewolve44

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  41. Wonderful post, Laura. Have a great weekend.

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  42. Beautiful images. I love the gorgeous blues.

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  43. Wonderfully done B&W!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/02/lampshade-and-shade.html

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  44. Thank you for words and photos.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Mormor

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  45. Bilder vom Himmel..immer ein wunderschönes Motiv
    jeden Moment ist er NEU..

    LG zum Wochenende vom katerchen

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  46. so true, a different perspective can make all the difference on a view or a day, hope the storm blows over quickly and you can get back to enjoying the view

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  47. Wundervolle Fotos mit so tiefsinnigem Text.
    Sehr schön ♥

    LG Lehmi

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  48. Great images and I love the philosophy Laura!

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  49. Very very beautiful images and writing~

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  50. So beautiful. The sky show us so many different shades of beauty, all we have to do is open our eyes and take it all in. Have great weekend!

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  51. thanx for your wonderful piece of heaven! i like the bright colors!

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  52. A nice serie of photos.
    Herzlich, do

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  53. Agreed, looking for a new window, new angle ... always new perspectives. These sky images look pretty intense, too. I love the colours, especially. It really has a certain mood ... :)

    Emily
    A Day in Durha,

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  54. Very beautiful sequence of shots.

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  55. I need a new perspective; I think I'll look out a different window!

    Drumming haiku

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  56. I hope you guys are making out OK in this storm. The sky at this time of day is particularly beautiful.

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  57. good advice...I try to look out those different windows to see how my 'view' changes.

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  58. all great photos - I especially like the one shot from below the barren branches - well done!

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  59. LOVELY split image, love the edit! I agree sometimes it is very beneficial to change our view... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #69!

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  60. I could never get enough of the sky. Gorgeous shots, Laura!

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  61. Dearest Laura, your words and haiku moved through me just now like the clouds in your pictures... When I come here... I feel like I am stepping into the holiest of holies... thank you for touching my heart and soul and the very marrow of my being... with you.

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  62. you have touched me so deeply i am sitting in silence
    drinking you in again and again.
    xoxoxoxox

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  63. Very nice pictures and words.

    Cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  64. Beautiful inspiring thoughts and images. I will try a new window today myself!

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  65. º° ✿彡
    Olá, amiga!
    Belas formas de ver e fotografar o céu.
    Bom domingo! Boa semana!
    Beijinhos do Brasil
    ✿ °•.¸
    ¸.•°♡⊱彡

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  66. Truly beautiful poem and the photos are breathtaking!

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  67. Deep words and beautiful pics. Great post.

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  68. the poem and images are superb - I have a real thing about trees at dawn/twilight and these are beautiful. Also - as an aside - I also love clicking on your name and seeing that beautiful leaf appear! Makes my day, especially at this time of year!

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  69. Laura, I enjoyed your poem.
    Loneliness coming for a visit...making the other less lonely - that is how I interpret it. And I find this thought both comforting and imaginative.

    I enjoyed your photos as usual too!

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  70. As always, your posts are a feast for the eyes and the soul. The colors of what you see out your window are just spectacular. Wow! I love the poem about loneliness, and how the narrator befriended it. But I LOVE what you say about expanding the view through a bigger window.

    It reminds me of what a Buddhist speaker told us once at a conscious living, conscious dying workshop - that sometimes we look through a small window and see only a sky full of gray clouds. But if we expand our vision and look through a bigger window, we'll see some blue sky just beyond the small window's frame, that we would have missed had we stuck with the smaller window..........

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  71. Laura! Oh, I needed this poem today. Absolutely Beautiful!

    As I've said before, when I come here, I feel...washed in compassion and understanding. I've used different words but these stick, too.

    What a lovely, evocative poem. I think one of your best I have read. There is such humanity in it, and what strikes me about your poetry is the universality of it all. Responsive to the human condition. There is nothing I can crit in this, because it is true, flowing and goes deep into my heart.

    Lady Nyo

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  72. Sometimes perspective is everything, with spiritual and physical eyes.

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  73. Your opening line is my kind of poetry. I really enjoyed this and the colours of the sky in your photos are spectacular.

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  74. Chills of recognition chased each other up and down my arms as I read this evocative poem of yours, Laura. I dip my hands into your bowl of tears, wash my face, then dry our faces with the fluffy clouds falling out of the sky, and know we are all One ... Namaste.

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  75. Oh Laura! This is so lovely. Thank you. I'm glad I had time today to come back and catch up with too many missed posts. This was too good to miss.

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