Friday, December 5, 2008

Plains Drift...Shadow Shot Sunday

Drifting toward fence rows,
blue bundles hold tight
'gainst laws of free flight...
painted ponies and buffalo magic
share our sunset and moonrise,
as foothills of frozen fables,
drifting plains, glacially carved,
weave paths up ancient hills.
Centuries of seasons hide secrets
'neath their rugged palms.
Perhaps it's tears
that form such frozen pools,
reflecting the Father's grief,
whose native children
lie frozen, forgotten in time...
this is not the way of the land...
set free my drifts of native breath,
that they may cover great plains
from horizon to horizon,
owning not the possession of one,
but the gathering of all.
This grand scheme moves forward
o'er braided hill and tethered terrain.
Great tribes roam the Mother's breast,
to the beat of her single heart...
to be free, at last...home...once again.





That time again, visit the shadow blog at Hey, Harriet sign up and take pictures, though it's Sunday in Australia, we foreigners across the pond can get an early start...warning, addictive...

37 comments:

bobbie said...

Shadows on the plains. A beautiful thing.

Gallery Juana said...

Very pretty snow shadows. Ooh, that will be a new challenge, once we have snow that stays.

Connie Peterson said...

It looks like that at our house - lots of drifts, little snow on the fields. I wonder why they don't leave the corn stocks to catch the snow and then plow in the spring? I'll have to take a shadow picture if I have the courage to go out in -9 chill factor weather!

The Muse said...

"to be free at last"

Oooo, I await that time :)

Hot Fudge said...

Sitting in sub-tropical Brisbane, having been kept awake most of the night by a very noisy thunder and lightning show, it's hard to believe such gentle snow is lying on the ground in a different hemisphere. What a beautiful shot.

misselaineous said...

G'Day Sharon...love the shadow shot and the words. Did you write that yourself...and all the poems, as well, that you post on your blog? If so...OMG woman...you do have a magnificent way with words!! Write on! *elaine*

Greyscale Territory said...

There is a haunting sense of wise legend in your poem! So very beautiful! And your photo seems to enhance the whole atmosphere of timelessness!

Kat said...

oh beautiful claming image, it truely is hard to imagine snow right now as I swelter in a queensland summer..

Magical Moments with Me and Mine said...

I have never ever experienced snow but looking at your pic I just want to dive into it, thanks for sharing :D

Hey Harriet said...

Hello there my foreigner friend from a cross the pond...hehe. I like that! Sounds like I can just jump in the 'pond' & you're only a short splash away :)

Like the other couple of Brissy folk mentioned already, it's so hard to imagine snow right now when our little city feels like a sauna! It's a beautiful photo and poem! Enjoy your day :)

High Desert Diva said...

Amazed, as usual.

This post would fit in with tomorrow's Tea & Honey Bread's Shutter Click & Chat....the theme is Winter. Be fun to have you join that one, too.

M.Kate said...

Very cool shots Sharon..first I've seen..shadows on snow. Happy weekend :D

Jill said...

Nice, I'm afraid we have a lot more snow shadows in store for us here in the midwest!

Sara Chapman in Seattle said...

Snow shadows look interesting, and I also like the banner snow photo on top a LOT. Nice quote, too!

Alissa Nicolau said...

You have snow! Lucky you! Doesn't feel much like the holidays outside around here yet.

I like your new banner a lot.

Rosebud Collection said...

What beautiful shadows..Snow is a beautiful thing, but I am always so happy when it misses us..

Elizabeth said...

As ever such a wonderful combination of imagess and words.
Yes the snow does look blue and lovely.

Dianne said...

'centuries of seasons' - the photo really expresses that

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

It loooks like a snowy beach scene!
You are amazing!
ox lulu

Jenni said...

I see this lovely shot , feel the icy wind on my face, hear the crunch of the snow under my feet and think ....burrrrrrr....as I tighten my scarf.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have the great pleasure of meeting, yet, another Australian! Mawnin', Miss Sharon, as we'd say in the American South! :-)

Just wanted to pop in and thank you for the lovely gift of a flute you left for me at the Muse's Christmas party:

"I give to you a silver flute
you'll charm their souls today,
as piper tweets her merry tune
of Christmas songs to play,
a lucky child you'll be for sure,
as concerts you shall play."

And in return...

I thank you for this lovely gift,
And play for you a tune
Of Christmas time in Bethlehem,
Beneath a silvery moon,
Where mother mild and baby blessed
The whole world in a night,
And as dawn broke the angels sang
Of everything made right.

It's interesting that you should give me a flute for a gift. As a child, I took flute lessons for a few years, and as an adult, my husband recently gave me another flute. James Galway, I'm not, but I do love it so! :-)

Blessings to you, my Christmas friend!

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I need a cup of coffee now,
I just read my mistake,
Iowa is not Down Under!
Oh, I need to be awake
Before I greet another soul
And say another word,
So kindly disregard the gaffe
Of a sleep-deprived old bird...

Regretfully,

Mrs. Magpie (Sheila)

summersundays-jw said...

Your words & photography are wonderful this morning. I long to take pics like that but mine never turn out quite like I want them (unless by accident). Can't wait to see your garden bed bedecked for Christmas. After visiting Silver Dollar City with our kids last night (& 30,000 others) & having my senses shocked, I'm ready for that natural look. Jan

splummer said...

Hi!
Beautiful Poem!!! Great Photo to go along with it! Thanks for stopping by my place.

Sherrie

Sierra said...

very beautiful indeed

luvmyboys said...

Beautiful blues in both the sky and on the land.

The Muse said...

I love your spirit and your pen :)

Lorie M. said...

We got some snow down in Va too! lovely shot, and verse..

Lily Hydrangea said...

yes, you are so right! SSS is sooo addictive. Beautiful landscspe with shadows. have a great week.

trash talk said...

Once again you shine just like your snow. Songs that need no music. Debbie

asnaui said...

keep going

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hello dear Lady Sweet Repose,

Wow!!! I love every word’s you wrote about your post today. It’s really dramatically sweet looking at the sparkling snow in sunshine.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Tessa said...

Wonderful words, glorious shadows on snow....perfect.

lili11 said...

Wonderful picture. Wonderful poem. Beautiful!

Lisa B. said...

Hey...maybe you're on to something?! Pull up all those nasty old fences and maybe the snow will just blow all the way to Arkansas!? No more shoveling for you :D

Great SS and poem!!

Utah Grammie said...

I love these shots and the one on your header- just beautiful! Chilling and still...perfect! I've missed stopping by for the past few days, so I'm slowly catching up! Don;t wanna miss a thinig, you know!
Colleen

Paz said...

Wonderfully captured shadows. Sorry it's taken so long to visit here. A hectic schedule is keeping me back from my blog reading. Life! ;-)

Paz