Tuesday, August 30, 2016

haiku~~~ quilters

snow comes soon,hurry
conversations in the sun
a long time till spring

Friday, August 26, 2016

A perfect moment

A magnificent bird sailing across the cloudy sky, and for a few seconds all was transcendence, it was a perfect moment, a perfect but perfectly ordinary moment.   

Shooting stars, and hummingbirds courting a red watering can, sunlight through the leaves, it can be almost anything, including just listening to the quiet, or catching a whiff of bread baking, those perfectly perfect ordinary nimets. A serendipitous  meeting with an old friend, or a stranger , it can be hard to say what will make one's heart and  which linger on the edges of memory, and say "if only  life could be like this always."

I am grateful every time for these moments.   They salve my soul.  I doubt that I could live long in that state of awe, gratitude, and rapture.   Or may-be not.  And I often ask myself that question, what would it feel like to be that awestruck for an extended period of time.  To be so transfixed for an extended period of time.   Confusing at the very least.  It would be exhausting to be that engaged.

I am sure that would be true for me.  I would soon get lost in an overwhelming, mind jolting fog.  It would be difficult to navigate the more mundane everyday world afterward.

In the meantime I look forward to the next perfect moment.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

haiku~~~ ladle

 "time was, I could dip  
 a cold drink of well water
from that long gone keg"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Not at all Silent Sunday at Stonehenge


GMT+1 02:07 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I've gone mad for the Perseid {meteror showers} Moon

Long ago and not so far away, I saw a shooting star.   And I was totally dazzled by it.  Long before I had any idea what that I was seeing, I was looking for them,  and I still do.  And I still make wishes on them.  In Appalachia, where I live, they are considered omens of  death, when in fact they bring the elements needed for life to earth, something I have always found an interesting contradiction!

This year the much awaited Persiad meteor shower, was an outburst, the like of which hasn't been seen since the 2009  showers.   The glimmers and streaks of lights across the night sky are the product of the earth's atmosphere  passing through the particle laden tail of Comet Swift Tuttle and may have  reached nearly 200 hundred per hour {that's 3 per minute on average}  on the peak night of Aug11-12, instead of the usual 80 per hour.  Theses bright streaks  which originated from Perseus the Hero were seen across the  night sky, instead of mainly in the  Northern  quadrant.    

I learned this year the increase in meteor activity starts earlier in August and extends for several more days past peak, I also learned that you have to be patient to see them,  and lucky enough to have clear skies and ,  clear skies have been very rare this so far this month.   I was lucky this year and there was about 45 minutes of clear sky that night,  I was dazzled, in awe, amazed, and transfixed as I watched.

A few nights later, I was surprised by the clear skys, and got got this  image of the waxing gibbous Full Sturgeon Moon through the lilac's branches.   
This is the time of year when the sturgeon is most easily caught, an ancient looking fish, which grows to immense proportions and age, who looks like a being caught between the ancient watery past and the land dwellers of the present.  I think they a quite mysterious.  Sturgeon are possibly the grain of truth in lake monster myths, possibly.   Fiercely beautiful, like the  month of August, with it pummeling rainstorms, hurricanes, and stifling heat and humidity.

August's full moon is also known as the Green Corn Moon and the Thunder Moon.   So this could be the Fierce moon, or the Perseid Moon, by my reckoning

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Silent Sunday with animals