Renewed appreciation of Joy

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From the shores of my turbulence

words trusted true

talk of joy, happiness

obscured my view

by shades of red.


Though I be me

unchanging, unmovable,

I was yet unsatisfied

having much care

and few sights of the vista

my climb should provide


Yet having climbed higher still

those fair words no longer haunt

for joy

travel even where I be

is a light most precious

and possible


i now see

Like those before

who came my way

one has to hold on

to these things of day

for the nights ahead

when this light grows dim

ere it go out

and find one's self

in a state most grim


Travel some more

the sun comes up again.


One could say

stand still and it happens the same.

but if one stands still

not traveling in the night,

one is limited

slowed down

and ashamed in the light.

it seems some paths

and ways forward

are best seen in the night

where the moon

gives a wisdom all her own


The pain of the bumps

darkness brings

makes for calluses most precious

lessons learned

for nimble travel home.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Outstanding poem and thoughts. Searching, finding; keeping the distillate from out of the dross. I truly like it.

Your photograph is gorgeous and fitting.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

I wrote this as a book end to your poem on joy. I am glad you like it. I have taken to using one of my cameras to add to my art here.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm most honored, JF! And you're such a photographer! They should accompany your poetry and prose!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

I am working at that. I am rather tired of hunting for photos that both represent what I want to say and are free of copyrights.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

With your talent for photography, you aught never to have to search for appropriate illustrations! You could take a passel of them, save and then find among them the ones that fit your intention. So far - it's outstanding!

As they say - a picture is worth 1000 words! And they say it so clearly, which your words support!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Would it shock you that I took the picture above with a smart phone? I blush with the praise. I enjoy photography. I especially enjoy catching moments and people doing things or thinking. I love faces and eyes in just about every form and format. I am working on building a stack of images that I can use for just that purpose. I have learned from you the value of adding images, especially the right images to one's work.

There are many here who do it but few that I value enough to pay real attention to. There have been the cool travel logs and personal stories that were really cool. You add a scrapbook like personal touch to every post. I find adding personal art to one's work refreshing. I therefore figured that I would do the same.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

That is so exciting! Discovering new ways to express one's creativity and enhance ones ideas is truly exciting. They go out on the airways more vividly and alive when it happens. I'm pleased if my stuff suggested an added new path to you but it's YOUR creativity which bring it to fruition! No two people express in the same way, but we may share techniques. I've had a lengthy history of making my webpage to develop my cyber style. Here, it's much easier, because on my website, I build everything that's seen from dry HTML codes to express the effective things I think to do. Here, - it's simpler (though more limited by what's provided). But there's no reason to not use what's available!

Absolutely nothing wrong with using a smart phone to catch the 'perfect moment' for a picture! It's not the equipment, but the 'artist's eye' that makes a great picture! I, too, love to catch candid, unposed moments in people's actions and expressions, as well as in scenery such as your gorgeous sunset, whether with smart phone or digital cam. To capture a fleeting 3D action and make it burst forth from a 2D flat screen is exciting! THAT moment would never be repeated exactly that way again! It's gorgeous. If you enhanced it with photo programs or it's exactly as you and your smartphone caught it - the unique sunset is caught & preserved. You're right - if fits your poem well - and helps to expand the thoughts of your words.

One doesn't have to use all the pix one snaps. If some are caught in an ugly expression, as happens when lifting 'stills' from live action. Most often, they're so vital and REAL when not aware they're being photographed that moment. I love that. I'll take many pix & select the 'keepers'. Another thing is that my cam takes pix at high resolution so that small portions of a photo can be isolated and used for a mood - without loss to the original photo.

Actually when I began publishing my poetry on HP, I used my own watercolors as illustrations. But my poetry's much more prolific than my art, so I began to use other illustrations which fit. I usually customize them a bit, as well.

Anyway - congratulations on launching a new side of you to share!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Why thank you my dear. It is a fun way to change one's perspective. As a private meditation, regardless of what is going on in my life, I can look through the lens of whatever camera I have on hand and capture a bit of beauty to meditate on. Maybe I need to look up html coding as well and make my posts even snazzier. I am not sure how you would feel about that though. hehe

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