Wednesday, September 2, 2009

wait for me


"wait for me

at the bright end of my voice

that from above the mysteries

of the galaxies

flows down to the earth

to be absorbed by the buds of growth

and to give the slumberers

of the gardens

tidings of sunshine and life.



wait for me;

i will become alive again."


words excerpted from "wait for me" by shadab vajdi

the photograph was taken out front of my house late one evening.
my daughter was given the rose after a dance recital.

38 comments:

Kathleen said...

Beautiful. I found a quote from a scientist today that speaks to this sentiment as well. I should post it. Steven, I think beauty must flow from you heart to your eyes, down your hands, and through your camera. And I'm so grateful for that!

Amy said...

Oh, my goodness. I've never read that poem before. It's absolutely beautiful and the picture is perfect. Thank you, Steven.

Joanna said...

Oh my! Steven this poem is just so beautiful I can hardly believe it. I read the entire thing at the link you gave and it made my heart stop with its sensuality, its hugeness and its peace. Thank you so for introducing me to her poetry. Joanna

Kay said...

Lovely..i see it even now, the hunkering down, the curling into the earth to await lenghtening days after the frosts.

Rachel Fenton said...

That's very sweet - optimistic and elegiac all at once.

steven said...

hi kathleen - i'm humbled by your generous comment. i would love to read the quote you mention. if you get a chance to post it, that would be great! have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

hello amy, it is really good isn't it. she's a talented writer. i was thinking of all sorts of things when i found it and saw how it attached itself to so many things i have been reflecting on. i'm really glad that you appreciated it also. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hi joanna - i'm really pleased that you followed up the link and read the whole piece because it really is stunning writing isn't it!! thanks for your kind comment. i hope you have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hi kay - see that's one of the associations i made with this piece as well. i was also thinking of the many writers and artists who visit here who lose touch with the flow of their creativity and suffer that awful ache of loss and the fear that goes with not knowing when it will return. have a lovely day! steven

steven said...

hi rachel - mmm hmmm. it rides the fine line. i like that because that's what living is like more often than not. thanks for visiting. see you. steven

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Haunting words Steven. Love the mystery of the photo.

steven said...

hi bonnie - thankyou. i wanted the words and photo to pass on something of the sense of "half here, half there". hovering. have a lovely day! steven

Yoli said...

Just beautiful!

jinksy said...

I'm getting quite frustrated at not being able to reply to your comments on my blog, by any means than this! But me, in your classroom? I can think of little I'd enjoy more - bet you are a wow of a teacher!

Liza said...

Gosh Steven, those are beautiful words. The thought that came to mind,
"As above, so below."
Enjoy your day!

Margie said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and thank you for the link to the author...I shall have to read more of her wonderful poetry!

Wishing you a great day!

Margie:)

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Steven, these are beautiful words & quite mysterious...
Lizzy

The Weaver of Grass said...

That photo is full of mystery steven - I just could not make out what it was until I read the commentary. Lovely words too.

steven said...

hello yoli - welcome to the golden fish!!! thankyou for your kind comment. i was just visiting your "musings" blog. very cool vibe going there. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello jinksy - i love teaching, i love learning, i love to help kids who (like myself) aren't coming from much of anything tangible but have lots going on inside. so i reach them through whatever means possible and then sit back and wait for them to come back years later as proud moms and dads, university grads, teachers, musicians, all sorts. it's a dream of a "job". have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hi liza, "as above so below" is my favourite maxim. it's sufi. see all this as metaphor and know real beauty. real love. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hi margie, thanks for visiting! i'm so glad that these words reached you and that you followed them up!! that's so good!! have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

hi lizzy - yes there needed to be mystery in this post just to take it to a place where it hovered. so the nighttime blur of the rose, coupled with the ambiguity of the poem hopefully took you into a good mysterious place. have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

hello weaver, thanks for visiting!!! some of my pictures are deliberately out of focus or ambiguous. i pick them for that reason. they might just suggest colours and a little form. i want a feeling to come from them that matches the words. have a lovely evening in the dale. steven

Bee said...

Those beautiful words seem so RIPE with meaning.

steven said...

ripe to bursting bee!!! i can see almost everything i would wish to say to so many people in those words. thanks for visiting and have a lovely evening. i have dinner out at a thia restaurant with my "reading" group tonight. we drink really nice wine, eat really nice food, talk about the books for -our record is eight minutes - and call it a night!!!! see you. steven

Alaine said...

That is really lovely and the photo, a lucky shot! I had a huge smile on my face yesterday when seeing my roses coming to life again. The young leaves so shiny, fresh and vibrant. The red rose leaves are a rich burgundy.

Another poet to look up - I have a file called 'Steven's Poets'!

Linda said...

Steven,
In today's world of rushing everywhere, it is wonderful to see a poem about patience. Wait while I rest and renew.... wouldn't we all love to say these words to our boss? We never would unless we were sick in bed, but you know what, why not?
We all need this advice and we never heed this advice. Nollyposh posted a blog about Joshua Bell today and how no one took the time to stop and listen to him. Much too much rushing around.

steven said...

hello alaine - i am so jealous but then also happy for you that your year is on the uspwing from winter again, where ours is descending on the wheel the other way. so i'll be looking to my aussie friends to share the wealth of springtime!!!!! i laughed when you mentioned about the file. oh my goodness that made me blush!!!! steven

steven said...

linda thanks so much for this comment. a lot of what this blog is about for me is compelling me to remember the world in a way that i choose - to value the invaluable. much of the invaluable is wrapped up in moments that you have to be aware of, open to. i saw nollyposh's post and it was a powerful reminder of the same ilk. slow down. love this place. steven

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Steven, the crown goes to you for analogizing an image with language. You never miss, and especially here! I have this sense of the rose opening more fully with the new day, and then being preserved by placing the petals in an essential oil diffuser to enjoy for a long time. Did you know that a rose has the most vibrations of anything? And therefore the most beneficial to us.
I wish you well this school yar, and I wish I were your student!

Golden West said...

Your photograph made the words sing beautifully.

Butternut Squash said...

The sensuality of the rose at dusk makes me blush. It is a beautiful image paired with a lovely poem.

It was fun that you were the first to discover my latest post. The Golden Fish is my favorite of the Auspicious Symbols.

steven said...

hello margaret, well thankyou for your generosity! I didn't know that feature of a rose. but it doesn't surprise me. time was i knew where to get really amazing rose oil. i have no source now. i first learned to love roses - to really love them , from my grandad who grew them. as a boy i can vividly remember the sensation of smelling roses. it was so overwhelming - pure sensory magic - the truest deepest most amazing smells and the petals were so soft. thanks for your lovely comment. steven

steven said...

hi golden west, thanks so much. i'm glad that you enjoyed your time here. steven

steven said...

well hello butternut!!! thank you for your kind comment. my dad died a buddhist and yet, i knew so little about the symbols and some of the more magic features and elements of buddhism. the golden fish was there - right there - and i didn't know about it! it took his lfying away for me to start connecting some of the dots of my knowing and unknowing. he would have been good with that!!! steven

BT said...

A beautiful photograph of your daughter's rose and such lovely words to accompany it.

steven said...

hello bt - the photo was something of an accident in some respects because i really wanted it to be cleaer but when i saw that it had appeared like this i was alright with the mystery and the late evening blur. have a peaceful evening. steven