Friday, December 11, 2009

reaching from the earth


today, you confront me
and break into my heart.


following the wind,
and the crowd of them,
lightly accompanying me,
fly off into the air.

wave of love and sound,

and you take me to you,
it is unknown to you, that country
where each day I go down deep
to nourish secret syllables.


excerpted from “wind at tindari” by salvatore quasimodo

22 comments:

Jenny Stevning said...

How on earth did you get snow to fall on your blog? Cool. Magic!!

"...to break my bitter bread." Beautiful.

I love the bare tree silhouette photos - especially the second one. Thank you...my vicarious winter.

Kathleen said...

So much stored in what appears dormant. I love that about this time of the year. Beautiful photos and words.

~Ellie Kings~ said...

I hadn't read this one. Thanks for introducing me to his work. I especially loved the opening line.

Pauline said...

sky blue pink - beautiful photos

steven said...

hello jenny - i thought of a whole heap of smart answers about the snow but the truth is i came across some html code that i can embed in the blog that makes the snow fall down. i'm curious about where you found the words you quoted?! hmmmmmm! have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello ellie kings! he was new to me as well when i came across this piece. i love the line "each day I go down deep to nourish secret syllables." oh yeah! steven

steven said...

hi pauline - the sky was right on the edge of a sunset that never happened and so it hovered in that sweet spot between pink and blue and violet for some time. im glad you liked it. steven

steven said...

hi kathleen - it's the time when you have to look and feel and see really hard because it's there, it's just tucked away. there's stories sleeping in everything. steven

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Your photographs are beautiful. And they look cold.

We got -15° this morning. It means the animals will need to eat foods rich in fat, like sunflower chips to stay healthy. And the water bowl in plugged in so they have water to drink.

When there is no snow on the ground and no ice but everything is frozen solid, animals still have to drink water. So we invested in a heated pet's water dish years ago and just got a second one from Amazon.com for $17.00. Now the animals around here can get a drink of water.

Golden West said...

The silhouettes you've captured with the subtle colors in the sky - quite lovely, Steven.

Jenny Stevning said...

Hi, Steven. I loved the excerpted words so much I clicked the link "wind at tindari" and read the whole poem, too. Those words are towards the end of the poem. Sorry to throw you for a loop! You must of thought I was pretty cuckoo for a moment! :)

ellen abbott said...

That snow is spreading everywhere! Beautiful photos steven.

Friko said...

steven, once again you have introduced me to someone I didn't know before. Reaching from the earth is a phrase with a depth of meaning only grasped with much thought.

Goldenrod said...

It's snowing there, eh? Rrvit! Very clever, Steven!!

steven said...

jenny - not even! i was forgetful of the link and the full text of the poem!!! thanks for reminding me. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

abe - you're such a good man!!! i love that you care for the animals so much. its inspiring. steven

steven said...

hi golden west - thankyou very much. it wasn;t quite as cold as today (when i took those photos that is) but i had to keep putting my hands into my pockets to warm them up between shots. have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

friko - hi! the little twigs and branches reminded me of my own efforts to reach away and up into the setting sun. reaching from the earth. mmmm hmmmm. steven

steven said...

hello ellen - it's almost viral as i read the blogs of my fave people. snow snow snow!!!! steven

steven said...

you like that eh goldenrod!!!! steven

BT said...

I love your snow! Beautiful pictures and words, Steven. I feel all peaceful and calm now.

steven said...

hello bt - there's lots of snow coming your way through this blog bt!!!! what's nice about the snow on the screen is that it doesn't bring the twenty below windchill with it!!!! the best!!! steven