clouds sagging earthward
meet the high-reaching branches
of skeletal trees
I’ve decided to participate in the Mindful Writing Challenge which starts in January. I enjoyed this year’s River of Stones so much that I couldn’t pass it up. In the meantime, a bit of practice can’t hurt.
The image is a collage of three photos taken on a foggy, misty morning much like today.
a fall transition
We had our first hint of winter yesterday. It was mitten weather, cold and damp after a week with the remnants of Sandy swirling wind, gray clouds, and rain showers over the area. The lake effect machine (Lake Erie in the north) was turned on, bringing rain at first. Big, fat snowflakes joined in, reminding us that winter weather will soon take over.
sheltering in the arms
of an old spruce
watching the rain fall
as the pine cones grow
and the new growth of spring
ablaze in its verdancy
bows towards earth
Warm air up above
Cold air down below
Rain transmuted to ice
In the church of
the temperature inversion
A small stone for Day 26.
Sheets of rain dash across the surface of the pond, driven by bursts of wind. Streamlets of mud snake their way downhill, bleeding into the water, great brown blotches spreading out across the grayish-green reflection from the sky.
the steady drip of rain
against the window pane
ice melting, drizzling
merging with the pond
one drop, one body
at a time
Today’s small stone.
To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.
~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine (1869)
I have ideas and I’m gathering flowers but I’m not quite ready to weave them into garlands just yet.
(Raindrops on tiger lilies. Photo © 2009 by Robin)
Beauty awakens the soul to act.
~ Dante Alighieri
(Rain on the window. Photo by Robin)
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. ~Arabian Proverb
11 March 2012 update: I’ve been wanting to once again write small stones to go with my images, but haven’t been able to find the time because of traveling, gardening, and life in general. This week I am going to work on getting things in order so I can set aside the time as if I have a very important appointment.
In the meantime, I’ll release a few more posts from the private files. (A couple of years ago I made almost all the posts on this blog private. I’ve been wanting to switch them back to public, but don’t like to do it all at once since it means an email goes out to subscribers every time I switch one over. There are about 700 private posts. Nobody wants 700 emails from one blog.)