not a pretty picture. not a good. not a bad. picture. but an argument.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

existence, part x

blow on the glass. rub. 

 
breath - both cleansing and obscuring.
there is something here, i insist.
lean closer. 
mark the congruences.  notice the inconsistencies. 
be astounded by the possibilities - life tied up in such trembling sacs. 
life.  man. whole stories spanning decades and impossible complexities.

breathe again. 
the glass opaque.  the image almost gone.


 
begin again.

blow on the glass.  rub.
breath - both cleansing and obscuring.
there is something here, i insist.
lean closer.



 

15 comments:

  1. Again. Wow. Just amazing shots and writing.

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    1. b))) thank you))) do you feel it? i think you must feel it, the leaning in, the call to understand, to pay attention, to see?

      xo
      erin

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  2. "there is something here, i insist.
    lean closer."

    Very good! This is what in zen is called "great faith and great doubt". Inseparable they are life lived mindfully.

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    1. "great faith and great doubt" this is something real? i am not crazy?

      xo
      erin

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  3. Such amazing perspectives of three very different images.

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    1. rebecca, very sweet of you to think so. there was a year between the first two images and the last. a special kind of thread binds them all.

      xo
      erin

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  4. What conjurer you are!
    Yes, look closer; have faith; try again; keep breathing; one more time; one more time.

    This is our salvation, after all, this feeling we have that things will work themselves out, and we must keep trying despite the cynics' words to the contrary.

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    1. rosaria, i conjure nothing, my friend. i don't think i'm capable. it is only what is there to be seen.

      and it is more than faith, isn't it? isn't it a voice that comes both from inside of us and from outside of us that we hear? some mad whisper that says, please, look harder despite yourself.

      xo
      erin

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  5. Stunning - all of it... I love how "connected" you are to life... How you see, feel and experience life. Makes me want to open my heart and *see* more clearly...

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    1. m.m.)) makes me want to also, as though this is someone else. of of course it is, the someone else of this moment.

      how difficult it is to be near these moments of seeing and then to be removed from them. how difficult it is to hear the voice and then to be inside of silence. but how beautiful too, to go looking for it again.

      xo
      erin

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  6. I have probably made 50 people look at that last photo...Simply outstanding..

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  7. Erin,
    Simply outstanding...The last picture has made me scroll up and down 50 times already...

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    1. manik! then you hear it! (what a mad woman i must sound like. the last shot - i swear, it has nothing to do with me - but it calls to me. i can not figure it out. but i hear the voice coming from inside the texture of the couch, the contour of the ear, the softness of the hair, the freckled shoulder and the relationship between them all. if you hear it too then either we are right or both mad:)

      thank you, my friend)))

      xo
      erin

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    1. ollie, in your way! oh, yes!!! i am so happy you give me these words. yes!!!

      xo
      erin

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