Friday, July 22, 2011

Knee-deep in the River, Stones in My Hands

Below the asterisk are writings I've done for a river of stones, a project that encourages participants to closely observe something each day and write it down.
Some moments scream out at me like this rubix cube in the river.  Many others are much more subtle and easy to miss; I call these "pebble moments."

As I go through my days, I've been experimenting with widening my scope of awareness and narrowing it.  A wide scope of awareness includes the entire day or landscape, the general feeling or mood of it, such as heat or a feeling of ease.  A narrow scope of awareness involves a close-up view, such as a single strand of cat fur or freckle on a leaf. 

Capturing small stone moments is like taking a photograph, although writers are not limited to sight.  They can include sounds, smells, flavors, sensations, and emotions or thoughts in their observations.

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the journal that should have contained today’s entry
makes a soft thud when it drops empty.

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late morning sun:
freckled, heart-shaped leaves fall open―
the whole day blossoms out of this light.

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tall grass grazes varicose veins on her ankles

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public transit
a periwinkle, crinkled mask hides her eyes; she sighs aloud.
he carries two jumbo bags filled with tinkling things.
another one mumbles; again and again, he tugs his overgrown mustache.

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after the redness fades from my eyes,
gratitude uncurls from her sleeping place
and the scene appears as it is–
incandescent and fully alive

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the familiar way the microwave slams shut
and its high-pitched bell
the way my mother lies and says
she doesn’t want what’s left of the vegetables,
her favorites!
i push the bowl towards her and say
neither do i

11 comments:

  1. Those are all great glimpses into moments that otherwise might have passed unnoticed.

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  2. Enjoyed your "small stones" descriptions immensely. Your words transport us to each of those moments.
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  3. I too enjoyed your small stones. All are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  4. MUITO BOM! Eu acredito que Deus criou o homem e deixou o manual de instrução, a “BÍBLIA SAGRADA!” A bíblia é a divina revelação da palavra de Deus e não produtos enlatados, eu costumo dizer que: “As pessoas precisam parar de comer tudo o que dão. E começar a questionar! ” Alguém escuta alguma coisa de alguém, e saem falando, sem questionar, sem saber se é verdade ou não. As pessoas precisam se perguntar! Será que a minha crença esta de acordo com a lei de Deus? Será que a religião que eu nasci sempre me falou a verdade? Quando uma pessoa morre pra onde ela vai? Ela volta? A bíblia apóia o homossexualismo? Quem não herdara o reino de Deus? O que devo saber sobre idolatria, imagens e escultura? O que devo saber sobre o único batismo? Será que tem uma seqüência para salvação? A quem eu devo me confessar, quem pode me perdoar? Religião salva alguém? Essas e outras perguntas e respostas em:
    www.aunicaverdadeemsuapropriabiblia.blogspot.com
    Você pode dizer, eu já sou salvo amém! Vamos atrás de quem não esta, “Se você quer se dar bem com o mundo seja hipócrita, mas se você quer se dar bem com Deu seja verdadeiro!” divulgue este site, porque: “Eis que vêm dias, diz o Senhor Jeová, em que enviarei fome sobre a terra, não fome de pão, nem sede de água, mas de ouvir as palavras do Senhor. E irão vagabundos de um mar até outro mar, e do norte até ao oriente; correrão por toda parte, buscando a palavra do Senhor, e não a acharão." ( Amós cap 8 ver 11 e 12 )Fale para outras pessoas, por que “O Senhor não retarda a sua promessa, ainda que alguns têm por tardia: mas é longânimo para convosco, não querendo que alguns se percam, senão que todos venham a arrepender-se.” (II Pedro cap. 3 ver 8) e “Que quer que todos os homens se salvem, e venham ao conhecimento da verdade. Porque há um só Deus, e um só Mediador entre Deus e os homens, Jesus Cristo o homem. (I A Timóteo cap 2 ver 5 e 6)
    Seja sua bíblia, católica ou evangélica, aqui você vai tirar suas duvidas.
    www.aunicaverdadeemsuapropriabiblia.blogspot.com
    E conhecereis a verdade, e a verdade vos libertara (João cap 8 ver 32) Se você tiver coragem de perguntar, a bíblia terá coragem de responder!

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  5. I love your idea of widening and narrowing your scope of awareness.
    Your stones are fragments so beautiful they could rival the stars. It pays to be aware.
    I must schedule some time to sit and stare.
    I am so weary from the beauty that surrounds.
    xx

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  6. enjoyed each, however the first and last stones
    are part of my life.

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  7. You just made me very aware of how many things I miss each day. It must be in the thousands.

    Really enjoyed this unique lens. (well, unique for non-creative people like me!)

    God Bless!

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  8. Being able to notice that sort of thing is what makes your poetry so beautiful, Jade. <3 I especially love the third one--it's so short but so detailed, so it really is like a photograph.

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  9. You've captured these small moments beautifully, Jade! These are just lovely. The last one makes me think of my grandmother. :)
    In the book Love That Dog the narrator defends the poet William Carlos Williams saying maybe we was just capturing those moments no one would have noticed if he hadn't written about them! You are doing the same, and doing it so well.

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  10. And you captured my heart in this post. Jade, you are wonderful. I really love the capturing stone moments you wrote.

    P.S. your blog is really beautiful right now.♥

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  11. I love your small stones Jade. :-)

    I hadn't realised that you were taking part too. It is a lovely exercise isn't it?

    PS. Your blog is looking really lovely. x

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