Anti-Cacophony

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Take a break from the city

From the din

From the crowds.

Walk yourself into quiet

Find a park

Riverside.

Turn the clamor to low

Let your breath

Ebb and flow.

 

 

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What To Expect

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“I don’t know what to expect,” he said.

“Expect the unexpected,” the old woman smiled.

His smooth brow wrinkled,

Unconvinced but polite.

Her smile grew.

She patted his arm and sighed.

She, too, had been a greenhorn

To life

Intent on knowing

What cannot be known

Before experiences

Arrive.

 

 

 

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Egret Regret

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

Some photo challenges are worth more than one dip into the creative well … And this week’s Glow deserves a second-helping. Here comes:

I love this photo of egrets in the emptied fishpond near my sister’s house. The palm sentinels in the background, marking a line between sea and dug up sand. The birds congregating at the end of day in the shimmery wet portion of the pond, pecking for what small critters and flying insects can be found. How some egrets linger, forlorn, over the exposed bits, perhaps waiting for a change of tide. Are they harking for the times just passed, when their ‘lake’ glittered with fins? Are they holding out hope — as water, and alas, not sparkling scales, reflect the soon departing sun — for better days and the return of plenty to dine on?

 

 

Aglow

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Photo: S. Levenberg

 

Beaches with sprawling, gentle surf are among my favorite things in the world. Long, shallow waves that coat expanses of sand evoke an instant relaxation response in me, and this glowing photo taken in Australia is no exception. The light on the water deepens the magic and transports me to time before time and this very moment in time, where the steady breath of the ocean pulses the very heartbeat of Earth and moon and sun.

 

For The Photo Challenge

 

Risky Paths

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Photo: Ofir Asif

 

It is okay to see the risk

And not step

Fully

Into it.

Courage does not always

Mean

Precarious

Heaving ho.

Perilous paths

Indeed at times

Need forging,

But aren’t

All

Tests of

True bravery,

When often enough

The careful way

Around

Is a daring

Opportunity.

 

 

 

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Cloaked

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Photo: Dvora Freedman

 

What thoughts are swathed

Under your wrap?

What life

What pain

Your brows speak of?

Your eyes avert

But hearts respond:

You’re seen

You’re heard

Becloaked or not.

 

 

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Scaled Contrast

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Photo: Atara Katz

 

I am mesmerized by this photo of the guide guiding other guides in the Judea Desert. His finger is pointing at the very small spot their location represents, onto a map where the complete area isn’t much larger than the square mileage of New Jersey …

I love how his exacting indication contrasts with the vast dunes, hills, and mountains undulating far into the horizon behind him … How the vivid topographical colors on the map contrast with the subdued palette of the landscape …

To me this photo also tells the story of the limited perception one may have of the true scale of things: The size of our cells in relation to our body; our human form compared to the vast Earth; the Earth’s size in the Milky Way; our galaxy as a dot among other dots scattered through the universe like barely a pinprick on a map.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge