Sunday, March 21, 2010

spring in my step

a cold day
that began with snow
but
walking
through the woods
i can feel the earth
wriggling out
from under the weight
of its winter memories.


~


tracks of rain and light linger in
the spongy greens of a nature whose
trees vanish--reappear--vanish:




but--stirred, the eye seizes
for the first time--the eye awake!--
anything, a dirt bank with green stars
of scrawny weed flattened upon it under
a weight of air




words excerpted from william carlos williams "romance moderne"

26 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

Lovely images, steven. The way last summer's green leaf, now brown, sits at the bottom of the stream having been preserved all winter by the ice. It now awaits spring and re-absorption to soil.

jeannette said...

these photos of the patterns on the soil are very intriguing - could be abstract paintings:)

Bee said...

I really like those words, especially "the weight of its winter memories."

Last night I went out with some friends and we all realized that we were excessively bundled up. We've gotten so used to being COLD that we haven't quite adjusted to the milder spring air.

jinksy said...

The first photo, in particular, has so many layers woven into its being - it's like a symphony...guess you'll understand what I mean :)

acornmoon said...

and I thought you had seen the last of the snow!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Isn't William Carlos Williams wonderful? I have a short poem from him on my blog from yesterday too. Must be in the ether!

Interesting, moody photographs steven.

Liza said...

"the spongy greens of a nature"
Marvelous.

Golden West said...

So much beauty waiting to be seen!

beth said...

your photos in drawing the line are amazing !

Jenny Stevning said...

I love that you are attuned to feel the slightest shedding of the Earth's winter coat...the Seen and the Unseen.

Linda Sue said...

"the weight of air" Flattened by it!Oh yummy- and the earth is wiggling.I am Flattened, in a good way, by this post and the previous one with the amazing photo that looked like oil painting. Gorgeous! And isn't that just like you!

Kay said...

as always steven your words are a salve to the soul....xx

steven said...

dan - reabsorption - yes! connecting so intimately to the seasons, accepting that people dear to me fly away - has brought me closer to the cycles - macro and micro. an appreciation of this world. steven

steven said...

jeanette - i'm noticing that a number of my photographs are having that characteristic. i'm actually aware of seeing the natural world as an abstract. i wonder whether people who visit here see it that way when i post the images. i'm glad that you can!!! steven

steven said...

bee i so get that! i am noticing people wearing too little as spring takes a little bit of a hold. my daughter was wandering around in a summer dress. go ahead my girl but you know it's gonna be chilly. steven

steven said...

jinksy - seasons and stories of leaves growing and then falling from the tree and grass and soil and worms and rain falling and freezing . . . stories richer than my imagining. steven

steven said...

acornmoon - not so - it has snowed two morning's in a row. today it stayed on the ground causing horror among the gentler folk!!! steven

steven said...

bonnie yes wcw is amazing and so precise in his expressions. spring places me in a moddy sort of way - not a bad moody but a pensive moody as there's a waiting for the eruption of colour and sound and being that accompnaies its full arrival. steven

steven said...

liza thankyou, the squishy softness of layers of grasses and matted leaves. i felt that this morning on my walk. deep soft layers. steven

steven said...

golden west - i took a lot of photographs this morning. there are more to be shared. more beauty!! steven

steven said...

hi beth and welcome! thankyou for your generous comment. steven

steven said...

hello jenny, thankyou. i feel very fortunate to somehow be able to see and share what i see. i hope that it draws others to see the very small, the very simple, the insignificant as so much more. steven

steven said...

linda sue - i love the photo in the previous posting. i can say that truthfully without being arrogant. see i see the camera and me as a filter on the world. the truly beautiful could never make it through that filter but aspects of it do. i loved this photograph for its softness, its colours, its painterly quality. but i didn't set out to catch that. it was already there. does this make sense? hope so. steven

steven said...

kay i am pleased to know that that is possible. my expressed purpose with this blog has been to bring goodness into this world in whatever form possible. i feel as if it has succeeded. steven

Rachel Fenton said...

Hope springs.

Reya Mellicker said...

The eye definitely wakes up in spring. I never thought about it that way.

Words and images - as always - divine!