Tuesday, February 15, 2011

heaven and earth


they dropped like stars
on this
the stillest day

their
perfect forms
falling
like earthbound angels

and i got so close
i could see
their little wings
folded one against the other
brushing close
as they settled against
the winter metal
of a rusting fence

and so do
heaven and earth
rest first side by side
and then become each other


34 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

exquisite photos. well worth clicking on to enlarge, the better to see the ice crystals. Thanks, steven.

Dejemonos sorprender said...

i think that i can see the perfect forms from here )).. very nice pictures.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

beautifull fotos, beautifull colours

Bonnie said...

I have run out of superlatives to describe your pairings steven. Always a delight to come here to start my day.

Valerianna said...

A gemstone of wonder to begin my day, thanks!

Reya Mellicker said...

Wow! You do get up close and personal with the world, Steven. Then you write about it, you take pictures. You are so generous to share what you see and feel with us. Thank you!

Pauline said...

perfect

ellen abbott said...

what Bonnie said.

Jo said...

Oh. How. Exquisite.

Kay said...

wow steven what stunningly beautiful photos on the last two blogs......and your header!!!...is it a painting....a vista...the sea....frost....clapboard...i know you will say it is whatever i see!!!..xx

Friko said...

Delightful pictures of frozen snow on red rust.
Your words told me that's what they are.
Quite delightful.

Ruth said...

What a mystery, and wonder. I feel great awe here.

Linda Sue said...

Beautiful little crystals clinging to rust- goosebumpy beautiful.

Margaret Pangert said...

The white purity on top and the red fire and brimstone below. How could you find more perfect imagery? Beautiful, Steven. me ♥

steven said...

dan - those little crystals each like pinwheels. i didn't notice them on my clothes until one of my students caled out and we all watched them and looked for them one ach other! steven

steven said...

matias - click on the images and you'll see them! steven

steven said...

nouvelles - thankyou very much. that's how nature made them! steven

steven said...

bonnie - i love coming here also! i am so glad to share this space with such people as yourself. steven

steven said...

valerianna - gems - each one!! steven

steven said...

reya - it seems like the right thing to do!! steven

steven said...

pauline - i'm thankful to have seen this perfection! steven

steven said...

ellen - like i said to bonnie. steven

steven said...

jo - even rust has its own beauty and when paired up with snow crystals - hooo boy! steven

steven said...

kay the header is a photo of the river at dawn as the sun catches the mist rising off it and reflects into the water. the nearer material is ice. steven

steven said...

friko thankyou. steven

steven said...

ruth - i am very much in this world and i feel the greatest awe for all of it and the greatest desire to share that awe. thankyou for sharing what i see. steven

steven said...

linda sue - i was so up in the air with excitement right alongside my grade six boys when they saw the tiny crystals right there!!! really it was such a great recess as we watched them fall and then i saw the fence and - yes i carry my camera with me on yard duty - and took these pics! steven

steven said...

margaret - i don't honestly know. heaven and earth side-by-side in the simplest setting. entirely available to anyone! thankyou for your kind comment. steven

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Yes are perfects ))

Rachel Fenton said...

I'm not a believer in heaven, but earth I'll take with both hands and melt. These photos are art, Steven.

steven said...

rachel it's interesting to me that you aren't a believer in heaven. neither am i! not as a place that is - but as a possibility framed in earthly terms. from that comes the phrase "and then become each other". they're melded - so melded that the terms bare no weight. they just are. steven

steven said...

thankyou matias!! steven

Terresa said...

My favorite lines:

"their
perfect forms
falling
like earthbound angels."

And the first stanza, how awesome, if I could steal it, I would, it's that stunning,

and the phrase, "winter metal" as well as the concept that heaven & earth can meld, become part of one another, and my reading of it to be a relationship (of 2 opposing beings).

Tess Kincaid said...

They do have little star wings. Lovely. They are melting here. I'm sad to see them go.