Chasing a rainbow
out beyond the swales
where the sea ebbs and flows
to the thrumming of the universe
a rainbow vibrantly
quilts the sky
each pleated pastel reflecting
down on the wave-washed sand
the archer bends his bow
and breaking waves
arrow the light
beyond the rock platform
waves crash into the edge
their wild cascade spindrifts
catching coloured molecules of light
in the rock pool
the dark swirl absorbs the colours
crabs come out to view the scene
it bows across the sky
pot of gold to pot of gold
and like a breath of air
this grand spectacle that filled my walk
disperses and is gone
leaving only a grey whisper of cloud
Some moments of grace found on my walk today from Dolphin Court to Tuggerah Lake.
one of lightness of being and joy with a ‘feathered angel ‘ in my view and a later
in the week along Tuggerah Lake a new moment of grace. –one of beauty in light but darkness gathering.
The evening Eyeku of mine .
Remembering we are both parched and quenched by the illumining light reminds us joy and sadness are both the flip side of each other.
I like Kahlil Gibran’s words from The Prophet:
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the self-same well from which your laughter
rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. . .
Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow’, and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater’
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”
Eyykus . Yes a new word for me.
Words and pictures together are more potent than either alone. Haiku photography combines an image with a short poem to link the essence of nature with human life. It is not meant to describe but to allow the reader to enjoy a similiar experiemental feeling that the photographer had. Hopefully some will open new doors of consciousness. They can be seen as a threshold to another world often the wordless world .
Haiku invites us to obeserve the immediate moment with our full attention . This is in harmony with the essence of contemplative photography and the mediative moment of transcendence.
This sunrise photo was taken from the balcony of The Dolphin Court apartment.
It could become the motif for every day . Look up even in lock down the sun rises in all her glory into a new day. It is up to us to ask
What is the most important Thing today. How can I make today count?
My new project . Uniting three of my favourite creative activities: poetry photography and nature walking. Each is a creative retreat for me – restorative to body , mind, spirit and soul.I trust anyone who comes across them will poise and ponder and praise the cosmos that gives us
life. The first photo was taken on my morning walk from Dolphin House to Shelly Beach where the ebbing tide gave me great opportunities to enjoy the pellucid sand. Making photo haikus is not original. Some call them an eyeku and eyekus and they need to be about nature and awareness complementing each other and each enriching the other a little deeper .