Whirl Of Pain

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‘Whirl Of Pain’

This is for those trapped in a whirl of pain; the razor wire of your personal hell encircling you.

You don’t need to be told what pain feels like.

But you have to believe there is some good in you, and the world, and that you will find it somehow.

Just in the same way that there is light and sky through the wire in the photo,”beyond” awaits…

 

 

To The Island In The Light

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‘To The Island In the Light’

Islands hold a special fascination for me.

There is something about there compactness, their isolation, their very apartness – that draws me like a magnet.

“Why should islands exert such an exceptional appeal? Why should so proportionately a small area of the earth loom so large in our awareness? What is the secret of the special excitement generated when people are isolated and surrounded by water?”

                          – John S. Bowman, ‘A Book Of Islands’

I have no real answers to the above questions, but I post this photo of craggy Taranga Island, in New Zealand’s Bream Bay, rising from the sea and bathed in light, as some sort of response to them.

In my mind, I go to the island in the light

The Water Tower Above Glover Park

 

IMG_3083 (2)‘The Water Tower Above Glover Park’

Glover Park, in Auckland’s eastern suburbs, was an idyllic scene a couple of days ago in the warm autumn sunshine.

People, dogs, prams, sports balls everywhere, in a natural grassy bowl surrounded by leafy arboreal splendour. Everyone practicing social distancing while trying to be and look friendly. Bliss!

Then there’s this brutalist concrete exemplar on a ridge, watching silently over it all.

I remember it from when I was the same age as the children running around in the park.

Ugly, grimy and slightly sinister in appearance, even bathed in sun.

I, for one, need the foreboding form to complete the scene – you can’t have all that light without a little darkness…

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Daylight Will Not Be Saved

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    ‘Pohutukawa Branches & Sea’

New Zealand ends daylight saving hours this weekend, as the northern part of the country basks in glorious sunshine and the weight of Covid-19 diminishes the glow without totally extinguishing it.

So, the daylight hours “saved” will now be “lost” again!

If daylight itself cannot be preserved it leads me to wonder exactly just what can be saved right now.

I’ll settle for saving my sanity and, in doing so, remind myself that you can’t save everything and everyone, not even yourself sometimes. You can just do the next right thing, whatever it is, for yourself and others, in any given moment and then keep doing so in those that follow…

Meanwhile, I will make the most of the fading warmth and light of autumn. It is still my favourite time of year in my neck of the woods. The picture above was taken on a gentle coastal walk yesterday.

Stay safe, if not saved, people!

 

The Very Necessary Narrow View

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Window, Tower of London      October 2019

We all want to be seen to be broad minded and to be the one to take the wider perspective.

This shot of a window in the Tower of London (a prison to many unfortunates centuries ago) gives a little lie to that virtue.

For there is a time to take the narrow view.

When it is the only view.

When you are in darkness, or a jail of circumstances beyond your control.

Then the sliver of light and the merest glimpse of the exterior is enough to give hope.

Some small positivity, manageable to a damaged spirit.

The whole luminescent world of possibility is too much to contemplate in that grim time.

If you are there, as I have undoubtedly been, it’s okay to do only what you can and take the narrow view…