A green world, a scene of green, deep
with light blues, the greens made deep
by those blues. One thinks how
in certain pictures, envied landscapes are seen
(through a window maybe) far behind the serene
sitter's face, the serene pose, as though
in some impossible mirror, face to back,
human serenity gazed at a green world
which gazed at this face.
And see how,
here is that place, those greens
are here, deep with those blues. The air
we breathe is freshly sweet, and warm, as though
with berries. We are here. We are here.
Set this down, too, as much
as if an atrocity had happened and been seen.
The earth is beautiful beyond all change.
Aurora Borealis image from Photobucket
Poem found at Medusa's place
i have never witnessed aurora borealis. although i remember fondly as a child listening to my mother speak of her summers on the lake and the mystical sight of it.
Rebecca, how lucky your mother was to glimpse this! Assuming she lived in the northern part of the US, perhaps around the Great Lakes?
I have wanted to experience these for almost all my life. I understand that there is a "singing" that accompanies them - some of the indigenous people of northern Europe I think spoke of that - I'll have to look it up again.
Have you read the children's trilogy named Northern Lights (published in England) but know over here as His Dark Materials: the books are entitled The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - I read them a few years ago and loved them! I even bought the hard bound set because I knew they would be keepers.
Kathy, Beautiful photo, and beautiful poem. I am impressed that you are able to locate just the right images, to go with just the right msg. or poem. Happy summer time to you!
Thanks, Nancy! It's a challenge that I enjoy!! xoxo
You quoted Philip Pullman awhile ago, either here or on Facebook, and asked if I had read his series ... I went looking and wondered if I had found the right series. Indeed I had, and just today finished The Golden Compass. I'm not sure yet how I feel about it ... the terror and abuse of the children are hard for me to read about ... I will search out the second one and see what happens.
Yes, I did mention this trilogy to you, Shelly. Even though what happens to some of the children - and how anyone could even contemplate those kinds of things - I thought the books were terrific. I especially loved Lyra.
The Subtle Knife, the 2nd in the series, wasn't my favorite and still has the kids dealing with things kids shouldn't have to even think about, but in the world in which we live, they deal with lots more...
That they survive and thrive is the best part, imo. That the "philosophy" that would seek to terminate them is overthrown is the good fight. And that it is led by Lyra - and that she has support from other adults who are also outside of the dominant paradigm - really "spoke" to me. But, then - I am quite the rebel in so many ways!
I would love to hear what you think about the other 2 books in the series - so, keep me posted!! xoxo
I have The Subtle Knife heading my way from another library ... I will let you know what I think. I love Lyra too! I think part of what is bothering me about the adults in the book is that they are greedy and will hurt anyone to get what they want. Reminds me of corporate America ... :P
I'm glad to have the "spoiler" that they survive. :) I figured Lyra would, and was sad that Roger didn't. I love the relationship between Lyra and Iorek the bear. :) Not to mention the relationships between the children and their daemons!!! LOVE that!
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