Sunday, January 16, 2011

a peninsula of light


following a worn and fractured canyon
i got caught in the lift and tread of my feet
until finally emerging into
a peninsula of light
i heard the mumbled beginnings
of a tale of tales
worn bare
through their retelling

and i listened to the old stories
all the same
because
they pointed the way


past serpents bent on devouring
whatever was handy


and especially because
i have always wanted to find
the golden icicle cave

which as everyone knows
is where the real treasures are kept

30 comments:

Annie said...

The golden icicle cave looks wonderful. Guess it was hard to tear yourself away.

The Weaver of Grass said...

How do you do it, Steven - exquisite.

Titus said...

steven, that was a wondrous journey in pictures and words. I bow to the photography - and the myth-making!

Pauline said...

to see what you see is such a great adventure!

Golden West said...

WOW! I agree with all - your photos are awesome!

steven said...

annie - that's the stuff of dreams!!! steven

steven said...

weaver - all i do is photograph the magic that nature creates. i wonder at nature!!! thankyou for the compliment. steven

steven said...

titus - there's a really good story beneath the bones of the telling here. a magic story of course! steven

steven said...

pauline - that's what i think!!! i go out and i never know what i'll see. it's amazing and astonishing . . . steven

steven said...

golden west thankyou!! steven

hope said...

The cave is beautiful but I love the little stones, peering out at you. Oh the stories I bet they could tell...gems, each one.

ellen abbott said...

steven, you find the most incredible gems. Your header picture always changing, the new one is always my favorite and this one is no exception. And the following pics of the ice, snow, rocks and wood...just wonderful.

steven said...

hello hope - i love stones and pebbles very much. this house and my garden are full of them. my daughter has a similar affection and makes little shrines or displays. steven

steven said...

ellen - thanks very much. the header came about yesterday when i was taking care of one of my indoor plants and i put the leaves outside and there they were, beautifully clustered and slightly interwoven so i couldn't resist. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Your photos are stunning your words are mesmerizing and vice versa. To see the beauty of this world with such clarity, to find a way to share that in a way that communicates to so many is an incalculable gift to the world. I am grateful, steven.

Linda said...

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you certainly have an eye for beauty. Your golden icicle cave has music and rhythm. I can imagine I hear the clear, hollow bell tones just looking at the photo. Lovely and peaceful Steven, thank you.

Jo said...

Ay-ay-ay! What an incredible post, worthy of being expanded and made into a book.

What a fertile imagination you have, Steven...WOW!

LOVE this (can you tell?).

steven said...

oh dan thankyou but you know this world is what it is - an extraordinary gathering of infinite beauty. i'm grateful for the people who like yourself compel me to see with open eyes and to write with an open heart. steven

steven said...

ahhh linda - this is lake ontario - cobourg - an easily overlooked stretch of shoreline that is rich with tiny beauties. thankyou for your kind comment. steven

steven said...

hello jo! stories are assembling in my head and they will find their way into circulation in the future. of that i am certain. for me the key is to see stories as a doorway, a map, a place to begin and then to leave behind. so they have to be good!!! thanks for your kind comment. steven

aguja said...

A wonderful, magical story containing a whole book in the words not spoken.

Mystical photographs, Steve! My eyes drank them.

Dulce said...

Love to scroll down your words and pics to eventually get to that your treasure, Steven

Linda Sue said...

The light in your part of the world is stunning-or is that you...I am so in love with these gorgeous photos- every one! Your header looks to me like an open heart- so you. the ice is other worldly- I want to go there. Amazing....again.

Olga said...

The last photo is stunning!

steven said...

aguja - the whole of our world is a magical mystery if you wish to see it that way!!! steven

steven said...

dulce the treasure does sometimes take a little extra effort but i always hope that it's worth the journey. steven

steven said...

linda sue that's the light . . . today there was scads and oddles of it. other days not so much but in the mid-winter the light can be clean as glass. the leaves in the hader- yeah i figured people would either see a broken heart or an open heart. i'm glad te open heart shines through. it's what i saw. steven

steven said...

thankyou olga! steven

Liza Ursu said...

a golden icicle cave!
magic!
thanks for sharing.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

And 'real treasures' there are in these photos and interpretative musings of yours. I couldn't resist downloading the golden icicle cave and now have it as my PC desktop screen image. Not to worry, I give you 'proper' credit each time I look at it by smiling and thinking 'that's from my friend Steven'. Have a beautiful treasure hunt of a day.