Sunday, October 23, 2005

The dreaming tree

Early morning, misty sunrise that can’t be seen. I am but a shadow, in your vision beyond. As you look for something more beautiful. The fields of gold lie beyond my soul. You won’t remember me tomorrow. I wouldn’t remember me, if I was not stuck with me. But I am.



Thousands drive past this rubble day by day. There is no place to stop. Even if there was, what would happen differently? Nothing.

But there is a boy. Who stares at me as he passes by. In his eyes, I see a story. Not his story, but the one he is going to write. I see his eyes frozen by the landscape, looking, not hearing a thing. Not even the traffic. He is not thinking of the story. He is dreaming of it. But he doesn’t know it.

So he captures what he sees, freezing it with a quick open-close of the shutter and carries on. Dreaming.


46 comments:

the cowlick said...

Wow! that's beautiful!

jaded said...

that was sad but very very beautiful

Ash said...

And we are all grateful for thid dreamer who shares his visions with us

Anonymous said...

I was typing my comment, and i realised i had typed what cowlick said...

But seriously, that's touching. So much hope, so much truth. There's that boy everywhere, so much of him around us, it's nice to hope that some of them can make it happen.

-Phal

Anonymous said...

oh! i was fourth today! how awesome! someday i'll comment first!!!

-Phal

frissko said...

if it can think, the tree would probably agree with your surmise of it's perspective(but considering the enormity of what passes by it, would it remember a dreamer with a camera?)...nice one, all the same...
thanx for dropping by my blog...

feminine expressions said...

oh, how poignantly you have captured our tendency to ignore the shadow, to overlook the unpretty, to pretend the gold lies beyond the mundane...

your camera is a treasure...

your writing is a gift...

Casablanca said...

And I'm waiting to hear more of the story that the boy was dreaming of :)

Jay said...

Serene Silhouette. Words to match it up! Nice!

Zee said...

Beautiful! Very touching.

The photo itself is like a dream...

mermaid said...

An observer of the self? The most intuitive people I know can watch themselves on stage, acting out their lives, and see the whole film strip from beginning to end. Each individual frame has a significance, which they perceive, even if it doesn't come to them in that one moment.

The tree appears old and wise and seasoned, just as he is, observing the younger self.

Brood Mode said...

awesome. particularly i like the way u have made the tree the speaker, weaving yourself unobstrusively into the scene. kudos!

Mrudula said...

Wonderful. I don't know why but I thought of Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn,

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endeared,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone. . . .

Dreamy Eyed Gal said...

thats awesome!!!...u r a really wonderful photographer!!!...the gift of making a subject out of things that normally go unnoticed...the picture has beauty and a sort of sadness in it...really awesome...and ur style of writing is brilliant...very emotive

chaos said...

AWESOME...

sometimes i do feel the same... but then i neven have the camera to capture... you are lucky to capture these... (damn good)

keep going...

Mrudula said...

Shoot! It's 'Ode to a Grecian Urn' not on.

aquamarine said...

Dat was a stroke of genius! A fantastic prespective, I must say.

AquaM

Cecilia said...

Beautiful.

This reminds me of what I posted for today.

A take on another perspective. Different, yet familiar...because you understand it yourself.

J said...

Aaah, how I wish I could climb a tree! :(

rusty said...

This is your bestest ever....pic and prose both...kinda remind me of 'The Alchemist'.

Shubhodeep said...

very nice, and serene, somehow.
the pic's amazing. what camera have u got?

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

So sad and plaintive, beautifully written

Jithu said...

beautiful! as usual! :-)

Ram said...

interesting perspective.. this time your words bring more life to the picture.

Anonymous said...

layer of sadnss floats in mst over here
yet this mist so magical beyond compare

Nasra

. : A : . said...

the cowlick, jaded, frissko, Jay, Zee, chaos, aquamarine, Cecilia, Sue hardy-Dawson, jithU, Ram, Nasra - Thanks.

Ash - :-)

Phal - Yes, yes, I am sure you will!

feminine expressions, mysterygal - *bows*

Casablanca - It may not come out so soon.

mermaid - Very interesting perspective, as usual.

Brood Mode - Does it have to be me?

Mrudula - Thanks for sharing it.

J - Why don't you?

rusty - Now that you say it, yes it gives the same feeling.

Shubhodeep Pal - Thanks. I use a Canon most of the time.

Extempore said...

So subtle, A, that you would miss it if you weren't careful.

Brilliant - definitely one of my favourites! :)

Phoenix said...

very subtle, very bful, like a dream

like an incomplete story...mine, or yours.

beautiful.

Anonymous said...

oh i rock. I so, so, so rock. (i'm just saying that because. hah.)

-Phal

The Complimenting Commenter said...

Very powerful image and story. I can picture that boy. Nice job.

Paul said...

"Not his story, but the one he's going to write..."

You have such interesting ways of getting at different levels/forms of consciousness.

stan laurel said...

it looks as though you have accomplished two things I have not: 1. Write from the perspective of an inanimate object. This is an incredibly difficult thing to do, but you have given this tree a voice all its own; and 2. The 55-word poem seems daunting! Well done on both counts!!

. : A : . said...

Extempore, Phoenix, Paul - Thank you.

Phal - :-)

The Complimenting Commenter - Thanks for dropping by and for the compliment.

stan laurel - Thanks. Are you planning to take on the 55 words? Would love to see one by you.

gulnaz said...

the dreamer and his dreams are both so beautiful, so inviting.
i loved the picture, the wise old tree, who knows so much but is yet left behind or maybe it just knows better. :)

Rama The Drama said...

Awesome pic!I think the writing comes from the pic unlike me who go insearch of pics after i write!

. : A : . said...

gulnaz - Thanks for your perspective.

Ramchi - Thanks. Sometimes they just blend into each other.

venus said...

at my first glance, I found this very interesting. I saw two figurs dancing in this lonely tree-trunk!

it's very beautiful picture!

Euphoric Dreamer said...

wonderful composition of the picture :)

. : A : . said...

venus, EUPHORIC DREAMZ - Thank you.

Balai said...

This is scintillating stuff....the story and the picture.

. : A : . said...

Balai - Thanks for dropping by.

finnegan said...

if we slowed down time, the life we live would reveal the things we should have known.

what do we do with the rest as everything moves faster?

Diva said...

You have outdone yourself with this post, A. Perfect.

. : A : . said...

finnegan - Slow that down too. :-)

Diva Drip - Many thanks.

Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

I often feel that way when photographing or other moments...
On my other blog, I describe my occupation as "artist dreamer."
My favorite subjects to photography vary depending upon my mood, but often I choose trees and sunsets. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Glorious post amidst the reflective angst.
(this is a link to my other blog, but I have very little poetry there and only a few photos because I'm redesigning.)

. : A : . said...

Green-Eyed Lady - Thanks for sharing your perspective here. "Artist dreamer" is very interesting indeed!