Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Themes: Of Souls, Storms, and Sweetgrass

Today I am dwelling on Themes for my Alphabe-Thursday T post,
and the poem Souls, Storms, and Sweetgrass represents my S post.
(Yes, I'm playing catch-up again.)

Tess at Magpie-Tales inspired my theme with this photo prompt by Mark Haley.

photo by Mark Haley
My path, at times, is overgrown;
storms brew beneath my swirling sky.

The sweetgrass curls and turns to brush,
scrapes tender flesh as I pass by.

Air presses close to steal my breath,
as condensation primes my tears.

The heaviness pools in my heart,
distilling fading hopes to fears.

Before me, rocks hedge up the way;
far in the distance stands a tree.

There is a wall without a gate
that opens outward on the sea.

I raise my eyes and fix my gaze
upon the deep, the rolling blue.

The rocks cleave into stepping stones
and lead my weary soul to You.

©2013 Susan Noyes Anderson

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28


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33 comments:

Gail said...

The answer we should always seek. Beautifully written.

Janet Martin said...

This is STUNNING! I'm glad I paused to glance at my blog dashboard tonight. Thank-you.

Amy said...

Reading this, my breath was tight. You truly have a gift. Especially with the resolve. Beautiful.

Pondside said...

So beautiful, Sue. Those are among my favourite words, from Matthew, and you've illustrated them beautifully with your words and the photos.

Karen S. said...

Bravo, on such a deep, and inspiring bit of wisdom and love all wrapped around stunning photos. Perfect piece/peace, in so many ways.

Kutamun said...

Very beautiful , Sue , the guy on the rock looks like some weird lefty environmentalist , who may be unpalatable to many Christians today !
Cheers

jen said...

"as condensation primes my tears"

Wow. How do you come up with this? Wow.

~T~ said...

Haven't we all felt this way? But you put it so well. Lovely.

Susan Lindquist said...

This is just lovely ... full of tribulation, longing and ultimately solace ... the music completes it beautifully.

Leovi said...

Very interesting your poem accompanied by excellent photos, a delight!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow~ powerful and poignant poetry and photos ~ Excellent and so creative ~ carol ^_^

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What beautiful words! I love that top photograph.

You truly have a gift, dear friend.

Thanks for your sweet comment - I think you are delightful also...

xxoo,

RMW


Karen S. said...

I'm here again, and it was inspiring and enjoyable the earlier today, I had to go through it all again! Catch up is fun for all!

yaya said...

The photos may be an inspiration, but I think you brought these words up from a deep spot in your heart. I know I've felt this way myself and you have put it all in beautiful words.

LeAnn said...

Just so beautiful and the pictures in black and white just added the perfect touch.
Your poetry is amazing.
Blessings!

myfluffybunnies said...

Love, love, love the "Requiem" song you have playing here. One of my favorites for soul-searching (and soul-soothing).

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful word picture! This is totally how it should be.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful words...and perfect pictures and music to accompany your awesome poetry.

Blessings & Aloha!

Lola said...

Stunning mix of words and images!

Happy A-Thursday!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A beautiful write.
Anna :o]

Grandma Honey said...

Beautiful Sue. Love the black and whites....they make it seem all the more soul searching to go along with your peaceful words.

Brian Miller said...

smiles..i like how where we fix our gaze determines the path we walk...you know...its true...

hope you are doing well sue....

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Very nicely written Sue. Love the images you chose as well. xo

Katherine said...

Lovely!

storybeader said...

beautiful black and white photos! What a path to walk down! {:-Deb

Tonya said...

Oh, so beautiful!!! You have such an amazing way with words!

Friko said...

This is truly creative, joining poetry and pictures and making such a wonderful whole of them.

Judie said...

So very beautiful, Sue!!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely...enjoyed the images as well...

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

My goodness how absolutely lovely...both the poem and the images to accompany it! Extraordinary! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

So well expressed, Sue!

fredamans said...

What a beautiful post.

Jenny said...

This poem is so thought-provoking...

The theme of the photographs go so well with your words!

And seeing that I am slightly tardy grading your post I will let your tardiness for the letter "S" slip... (((winkwink)))

This truly as a terrific post!

Thanks for linking.

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