Wednesday, August 1, 2012

IGWRT's "Kerry's Wednesday Challenge "Little Traverse Bay, Michigan"



Would you like to hear me read my poem? (please disregard my dog's toenails on the wooden floor in the background :)


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Little Traverse Bay, Michigan

She reflects my image, but I don't see myself; I'm in search of her secrets, some of which lie glistening, imperfect gemstones, beneath my feet.  Chillness laps my toes, my fingers, as I plunder her beauty, like a tourist, in search of six-sided mementos to nurture, lest I forget.  Forget serenity. Forget to enjoy the moment.  Forget to step off the path and get wet. Forget to greet the rising sun and breath it in as it slips beyond the western shore.  Six months from now, when I pause and hold a part of her in my hand, I hope I will finally see myself.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, August 1, 2012




HERE is a bit about the Petoskey stone and below is a photo of three polished stones.  We just came back from vacationing in Petoskey, MI and our family will always consider it "home".


This is linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Running the Brush".  It was an exercise with Zuihitsu - a genre of Japenese literature.  I am not sure if I successfully accomplished a zuihitsu, but this is what transpired. 

16 comments:

Teresa said...

What amazing pictures. That truly is a beautiful place. I love the way you turned them into the zuihitsu. Very nice.

Kateri said...

Beautiful!

Daydreamertoo said...

Not so easy is it, finding ones true self. I hope she does. :)
The scenes are beautiful, I can see why your family consider it home. I cannot think of a better place to be than by a stretch of water.
I think you met the prompt perfectly :)

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Beautiful words and the pictures are awesome.......

manicddaily said...

Beautiful pictures with photos and pictures made of words. k.

Laurie Kolp said...

This is absolutely beautiful.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Read these words has put me into such a serene place.. I long to walk beside those waters and feel the weight of the unique stone in my palm. This is a beautiful share, Margaret.

Hannah said...

Oh, this is such a gift...this meditative thoughtful moment...so creatively expressed. Well written, Margaret!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Margaret, the poem is perfect, I loved it, and your photos are totally STUNNING. SO beautiful! I am intrigued by the unusual stones......on our northwest coast, we have some light rock that is layered with beautiful brown markings, but I have never seen rocks like yours.

Susie Clevenger said...

Again your photography is stunning...beautiful words. How often we forget serenity when our world gets harried. May the stones bring it back to you if you ever lose your way to serenity.

Ella said...

Beautiful Margaret! I love the photos and the path you took us on~

Kay L. Davies said...

This is lovely, Margaret, all of it...your photographs, your ziuhitsu, and the stones. I see why you love it.
K

Margaret said...

Awe, thanks everyone! I did NOT find a Petoskey stone in the water this year... In fact, the whole seven years we lived there, the ones I did find where from digging in my back yard! (and they were big ones).

Dom said...

That first photo is positively stunning.

Ginnie said...

One day I want to go back to Michigan and explore it like I have the Netherlands! I'd like to think that will happen. You sure have whetted my appetite.

Mystic_Mom said...

I love your words. As a rock hoarder I adore your stone photos though, they are so neat!