Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Holding, Gallery 29



I hold the tension between beauty and terror-
the feeling that I am going to fall over the edge into the pit,
the fear that I want to jump from the ledge.

(And what of the brokenness of that crack?
Will my foundation hold?)
 
And then I spy

the exquisite beauty that is in fallen leaves
and dropping acorns of fall,
and oh, the rusty color of the saw's biting edge.

(Yes, I must keep going.
No feeling is final.)

(My contribution to Gallery 29 of the 52 Photos Project, "Holding")



23 comments:

  1. Oh Annie -- I love this! Yes. . . what about the crack, the between, the place where the earth (and heart) is thin?

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    1. Thanks, Meri! I think we need those cracks and thin places, even though we sometimes trip on them!

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  2. I love this photo. A lot. :)

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    1. Thanks, Hope. A lot! :) We've faced our own bits of beauty and terror lately, haven't we?

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  3. Maybe faith is what keeps the edges together until time heals the cracks.

    <3

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  4. Yes! Exactly this is what I was thinking about when I learned that the new 52pp topic is 'holding'. But being German, my English was too poor to express it. Son thanks a lot for posting this. And did I mention that I love the picture?

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    1. Katrin, thanks! I'm glad you like it!

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  5. oh, how I hope to avoid the saw's edge when I jump in a pile of leaves :-) Love this!

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  6. love that quote and how you've weaved it into the photograph and your thoughts.

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  7. There's an old quote, Annie, one that you've probably heard before, but your words here reminded me of it: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

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    1. I remember that quote! There is a song with those lines. googled it once and listened to it. Leonard Cohen? Something like that!

      I'm glad you reminded me of it! I think I might have done a "thang" with that quote once. If not, I sure thought about it! Might do it still!

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  8. This is so tender and beautiful. Keep holding on. xo

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