Scattered images in my mind 2

We are on vacation, you and me together

Ross Edward, one of Australia's best-known composers, has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces.
Ross Edward, one of Australia's best-known composers, has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces.
He has been writing deeply introspective music and suddenly he noticed the outside world.
He has been writing deeply introspective music and suddenly he noticed the outside world.
It was just intensely estatic - the sky was blue, the sun was dancing on the water.
It was just intensely estatic - the sky was blue, the sun was dancing on the water.
The air was full of heat and an irresistible impulse to go out and explore suddenly took over him.
The air was full of heat and an irresistible impulse to go out and explore suddenly took over him.
That is the feeling of the Australian summer: climb over the clifs, dive in the water, enjoy...
That is the feeling of the Australian summer: climb over the clifs, dive in the water, enjoy...
The tranquil beach environment helps you to reconnect with your inner self and has the healing power over your mind.
The tranquil beach environment helps you to reconnect with your inner self and has the healing power over your mind.
The problem lies in our modern times. We are faced with endless options how to spend our times.
The problem lies in our modern times. We are faced with endless options how to spend our times.
People begin to think about those options constantly. They focus on what they will miss out on.
People begin to think about those options constantly. They focus on what they will miss out on.
Not what they stand to gain when they choose one of the options.
Not what they stand to gain when they choose one of the options.
Our life constantly evolves around us regretting the choices we missed and we are never fully satisfied what we have.
Our life constantly evolves around us regretting the choices we missed and we are never fully satisfied what we have.
Martin Luther was asked what he would do if he were told that the world would end tomorow.
Martin Luther was asked what he would do if he were told that the world would end tomorow.
He said: "I should plant an apple tree today." The best option is live for today.
He said: "I should plant an apple tree today." The best option is live for today.
Enjoy the sunshine - our life-safer and our unseen enemy causing the skin cancer.
Enjoy the sunshine - our life-safer and our unseen enemy causing the skin cancer.
Love the open space, the ocean, its cleanness and tranquility it brings.
Love the open space, the ocean, its cleanness and tranquility it brings.
Love also all its unseen creatures lurking in the deep just like this manta ray.
Love also all its unseen creatures lurking in the deep just like this manta ray.
Love also these reef sharks.
Love also these reef sharks.
Sometimes things that make sense on the spur of the moment leave a lasting memory.
Sometimes things that make sense on the spur of the moment leave a lasting memory.
Like this beautiful morning spent in Coral Bay. It is not time to leave yet...
Like this beautiful morning spent in Coral Bay. It is not time to leave yet...
It is time to explore sharks, for a drift snorkel, where your shadow falls over shoals.
It is time to explore sharks, for a drift snorkel, where your shadow falls over shoals.
In the afternoon I realized when you see the beauty within, you will have more chance to see...
In the afternoon I realized when you see the beauty within, you will have more chance to see...
the outside natural beauty of the world.
the outside natural beauty of the world.
I have been always interested in a rough terrain that urges people to question their abilities...
I have been always interested in a rough terrain that urges people to question their abilities...
and skills and also question basic assumption people make about their environment.
and skills and also question basic assumption people make about their environment.
As my son said: " No amount of money can replace a life. I'd give it all back in a heartbeat.
As my son said: " No amount of money can replace a life. I'd give it all back in a heartbeat.
My son taught me to question myself: "What are you trying to satisfy within your deepest self?"
My son taught me to question myself: "What are you trying to satisfy within your deepest self?"
It is the time to see, to recognise, to have mercy, to laugh and to love.
It is the time to see, to recognise, to have mercy, to laugh and to love.
THis sincere, unsuccessful and very complicated manner to trying to bring us back to purity and power.
THis sincere, unsuccessful and very complicated manner to trying to bring us back to purity and power.
And eventually let it go.
And eventually let it go.

Travelling in Western Australia, travelling in the heat of summer, travelling for one day


Morning

Across the sparkling Coral Bay

I see

sun rising from eternity

I stand

alone

on top of a reef

withering heights

I am out towards the edge of it


By wet or hand, or shine or air

it forming force flows everywhere

it is the first and last life-light you see

earth warming vital energy...


But I am passive, flat, detached

I lost myself to doom and gloom

that numbing feeling

seeing everything through a pane of glass

I spotted a whale

and cried aloud

as their numbers are dwindling...

nobody talks

about disappearing cultures

and languages

how technically sophisticated

we become

and how vulnerable

we are.

We have to accept

whatever is our destiny


I don't want to be here, so I close my eyes

Am I going to jump or continue with my life?

What to do with my day?

So many options and choices I face

I wonder what I will miss out on

not what I stand to gain.


Amy Tan and her book: ' Saving Fish from Drowning'

came to my mind.

A pious man explained to his followers,

how he pledged each day to save a hundred lives,

he caught a hundred fishes and sold them on a market

for a good price.

I realized

I don't take enjoyment from taking lives

others or mine

I am a winner

I just got the chance

to keep on living

lying in the sushine

is the best way to spend my time.


Midday


'Large swaths of Mandurah and Bunbury

would be under water

by the end of century.'

radio presenter's voice echoes in my car

which feels like a oven

in the heat of the midday sun.

I recline in the shade

wandering

'If you knew the exact moment of your death,

would you be the same?'

A helicopter clatters overhead

heading along the surf break to the river mouth.

My guess is someone was taken by a shark.


Hot, hot, hot

it is ever-changing yet the same

there was a breeze before it came

it is ever shining in clear day

and ever changing yet it stays

slip, slop, slap is the only way

to avoid skin cancer and sunburnt

so stay indoors I would say.


I head to the city

in the heat of summer day

to meet my eldest son.

Thoughtful, passionate, caring

and just a liitle bit different man,

who believes can help change

the course of our planet.

He greets me with his sad eyes:

"Because how do you know about the future?

You look what happened in the past."


"Grave fears are held for the future of the Swan Rivers' dolphins",

I follow him to the river path.

He shows me a still body.

" Six died in the past five months."

I just sighed: " It's great,

your voluntary work..

but

it does not pay your bills and the mortgage."

He shrugged:

" No amount of money can replace a life."


Afternoon


" There was a week that I spent sailing a little dingy

on the Walpole inlets

and there have been countless times

that I have paddled kayak to the river mouth,

do you remember, Mum?'

I nodded and smiled as we walked Mandalay Beach today

when the bush has that musty, herby smell

and sound of cicadas filled the grass.

" Those wild excursions to Snake Island and picnics at Circular Pool,

in the tingle forest... the best childhood adventure for everyone."

he laughed and we sat down,

on the beach

tired and happy,

watching some surfers dancing on the waves

happy to have my hat's shadow

fall across my shoulders as I squint

across the hot, squeaking sand.


It has been a warm summer day

on one of those long West Australian bays

full of pungent coastal plants,

dried kelp

and sunbaked limestone

a thousand little reptiles

hidden back in the dunes.

I asked my son what makes him happy,

what he wants from life.

" It's not a prize, it's clearly not a fame,

nor money, just few good mates and

feeling like I'm doing something good in the world",

was his reply.


It made me look at the world differently

with the belief there is a God

and he exists inside everyone.


Evening


The fading light casts otherworldly beauty

at Surgarloaf Rock

A flamingo on a lake

pretty in pink

I leave the beach

to discover our arid zone.


The biggest wilderness on the planet

after Antarctica

passes in front of my eyes

and I feel part of the landscape

in a tactile way.

It is humbling to stand in a shadow

of the oldest crustal rock on Earth.

I am alone

as the sun is drawn down to the horizon

and I want to jump again

to break away

to dance across the desert mystical place

just for a moment.


My travelling comes to an end.


By wet or hand, or shine or air

it forming force flows everywhere

it is the first and last life-light you see

earth warming vital energy...


My travelling comes to an end

my shadow dances acrross the desert

on its own

before returning

refreshed by its liberty.


As travellers,

there is no place

we belong,

we are just flickering images

on the ocean floor

on the desert plain...

we belong

only temporarily

to the places we are in

as our shadows fall across...

disapearing with the last rays of the earth warming vital energy.













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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

I've always wanted to visit Australia but never had the chance. Beautiful pictures and poetry.


papajack 7 years ago

The pictures and the poetry give us two separate experiences. Each stands alone. But, the poetry stands the tallest.


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lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Thank you, Beata, for a beautiful day in a place I will never see, except through your eyes. And you share so much more -- your thoughts.


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Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia Author

My dear loyal hub readers, thank you very much for your positive feedback, it keeps me going...I love creative writing and I am just happy that someone somewhere takes a precious time to read it...and I am happy it makes some sense, it is just a group of flickering images entering my mind...Thank you.


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Kenny MG 7 years ago from A Child of the Universe

This is powerful stuff and what a lovely collection of pictures? Breath taking sceneries...


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Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Kenny for your kind words, without you all my loyal hub friends I would not be able to write so well. Thank you again for encouragement. All the best from Beata


ralwus 7 years ago

Well I enjoyed my vacation with you. As aways there are two hubs in your hubs, side by side. The prose was wonderful, but I think I enjoyed the pictures of wisdom beauty best. All in all, I loved them both. Peace and love, CC and merry, merry too.


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Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you ralwus for mind-travelling with me. There is nothing better than a hot summer day on the beach...Australian beach precisely...except maybe Christmas, merry one to you as well.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

This is a terrific read. I enjoyed it!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much carolina for your kind words. I hope I will not disappoint you next time. All the best from Beata


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

A very interesting Read - I enjoyed it.

Ps. Pictures are gorgeous, wish I was there.

Thanks. :)


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Lady_E for visiting me. I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hope all your wishes come true and you also find your 'magic place' to dream, rest and live. All the best from Beata


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Again Beata- Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey, your son has your sense of hope, he is also blessed! I will have to really put on my imagination to travel these beautiful beaches that I have heard of and now seen through you and your gift of writing!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

I am also very blessed dear Chatkath to find another 'writing soulmate' who is able to see the world through the similar lenses...the journey is not completed if it can not be shared...thank you for joining me on my journey:)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is the first Hub of yours that I picked to read. Thank you for sharing your day in the sun. The blend of pictures and ebb and flow of your poetry made a perfect pitch. Here's to more days of straw hats and cool waters.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks mckbirdbks for stopping by and share my travels with me:) and even more for your connecting with me...all the best to you my new hubber-friend:)


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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is something people want to re read. Stunning.Beautiful.I'll be back to visit!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Rebecca, I have written this short piece in a spur of moment in one hot Summer West Australian day...I felt the urge to introduce the beauty and the sorrow of this part of the great Southern Land no many people know about and share my thoughts on my travels as well....it has been such a long time ago, I forgot about it...thank you for stopping by and reminding me about those wonderful 'travelling times'...summer is nearly here and holiday as well, so hopefully I will be on the road again...

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