Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday...This One Path

a turtle dove beckons
gossamer hopes channel daylight
shimmering delicate flotsam
I awaken
dissolving rapture into daylight
a still life of
silent healing waters
flowing into the eye of the night
I take back this new dawn
these seeds of hope
calling a secret encounter
to a white dove
a reformation
a symbol of hope and reclamation
what if these wings of hope were black...
tripping through shadow
a lifetime
without a story
without a dream
I too know of this shadow
this reaper of souls
I am woman
I am white
I hold this ancestral shame
yet I drift not alone
into these crystalline hopes
a gazing ball of rainbow hues
futures diffused
hands and shoulders entwined
in spirit
on this one path...
Last night I watched the new movie 'Australia' and drooled profusely over Hugh Jackman the star...and who wouldn't...but I am saddened how we as a culture have treated our indigenous peoples of color in every culture and all walks of life. Do you think we as a so called moral society will ever grow up??? Our Native Americans have felt this same Crucifixion by this same moral society...what gives you the right to question a faith?
So my poem goes out to people of color all over the planet on this Shadow Shot Sunday, it's Sunday in Australia you know...that wonderland down under of mystery and intrigue. Please check out the other shadow-shooters too.
Am I a dreamer...................PEACE!


bobbie said...

A most interesting picture, and a poem to give us pause.

Utah Grammie said...

This is a beautiful poem - and the perfect shadow-shot to go with it. I too am ashamed at our ancestor's view of mankind - the race of human souls - I am just starting a (what appears to be) a really good book- "The Help" fiction , about women in Mississippi who form a friendship, a bond, one white and 2 black maids for the small southern town in 1961 - looks to be a great read.

I am a child of the 60's and a race-riot survivor - Chicago in the 50's - we were next door in a duplex of the first black family in a housing project. Out house was fire-bombed -my father approached to kill the man, my sisters having to have police escorts to school because my father refused (duh) and my mother harassed at the laundry facility because we were "sympathizers" - I even had my photo playing with the little girl- a photo that made it to Ebony magazine and my brother was beat up for his little sister being in a "colored magazine" yes, my heart breaks for the"sins of our fathers" both for the Native American and the African-Americans...

I'm rambling...good to read your thoughts, and to glimpse once again into the heart of a good woman who I consider my dear friend :-)

Utah Grammie said...

Pops - I mean to say "OUR house was firebombed" ( not Out house) ..We DID have indoor plumbing!!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Wondrous and insightful, I too am amongst the dreamers-or so I've been told. I prefer to think of myself as a revolutionary, in my words and actions I live change and light the way for those who dare to follow.

Beautiful shadow shot!

(Have you seen The Rabbit-Proof Fence?)

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful poem/shadow..Happy SSS..

Sylvia K said...

Lovely words and lovely photo! Thanks for sharing! I love Hugh Jackman, too!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Your shadow is so dark - love all of it...especially the glimmer of light that we see coming from the corner - hope perhaps?

Greyscale Territory said...

Your poem and photo definitely resonate with my spirit. O how lovely.

The photo seems to suggest old shadows hanging, waiting for some substance. O I love it! Strangely, that shadow could be of my small chandelier in my hallway. In fact, I looked twice at the photo.

Happy weekend and the biggest HUG!

Alissa Nicolau said...

Your photo brought images of Dracula movies to my mind! Sorry!! But I love Count Dracula movies so that means I have quite a soft spot for your shadow shot.

Peace is my goal.

Hey Harriet said...

Wonderful shadows! And your poetry is always amazing. I've not seen the movie 'Australia' yet...slack of me I know. I'm very ashamed of how the indigenous people of this country have been treated. Our current Prime Minister did at least publicy say sorry, which was a great acknowlegement and first step. But we still have a long way to go...

Peace to you Sharon :)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

B&W is amazing w/ that crystal touché? WOW! looks dramatic.

Hope your over with your snow overthere. Am still struggling and snow is thawing that give me headache too.

Have a nice Sunday, Lady!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

The shadow photo really sets the mood for the thought-provoking poem.

We saw "Slum Dog Millionaire" which is poignant and rewarding at the same time. I love it when movies makes me think as much as a good book would.

Carletta said...

Your photo evokes Charles Dickens or Sherlock Holmes to me. :)
I love the darkness - wonderful shot.
Lovely poem and your thoughts were well spoken.

Hot Fudge said...

Your dark image is truly compelling and as usual, your accompanying verse give us reason to stop and think. I've seen Australia and did a similar drooling session over Hugh!

Carin said...

A very eerie shadow shot! Brrr

Chris said...

Happy sss!

Great poem and very nice shadows.

And on how we treat fellow humans? I can't figure it out anymore. It reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes strip when Calvin decides he is too ashamed of the human race and resigns to become a tiger instead.

PJ said...

Like my post for this week, there are many kinds of shadows, some that can't even be seen. I hope you're recovering from the water damage. It's so insidious...

ahab said...

Wonderful shot, wonderful poem, Sweet Repose.

Speaking of the issue of oppression that you raise in your post (and of Australia), are you familiar with the fiction of South African (now living in AU) JM Coetzee? He's an easy read novelist of extremely difficult subject matter. Check out Waiting for the Barbarians or Life & Times of Michael K. Or his masterpiece, Disgrace. All of his novels are great, but none of them are for the faint of heart.

Happy SSS!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Very intriguing photo. And your ability to convey emotions through your poems is a gift.

And what a comment from Utah Grammie. That's some history.

MyMaracas said...

I love that most of the photo is in shadow, with shafts of light shooting in. It's a perfect partner for your beautiful poem.

Lily Hydrangea said...

no your not a dreamer, you're a visionary. Thanks for sharing your amazing vision this Sunday.

XUE said...

Apparently, there used to be a sign at a park reserved only for white foreigners, in Shanghai. This sign stated "No Dogs nor Chinese allowed". Today, our bi-racial Chinese/German children attends the German school. I hv been told, on more than one occasion, by teachers & other mothers that "people like you & yr children shouldn´t be allowed in here". Sadly, such things still happens when you are not white.

Christy said...

a wonderful pic and poem, I enjoyed both very much, thanks for sharing

storyteller said...

Intriguing photograph and poem. I've not seen the film yet but have heard mixed reactions from friends.
Hugs and blessings,

Katie said...

I love your dark shadows!

Lisa B. said...

Pretty picture. Lovely poem. Sadly there has never been a lot of moral in "moral societies".

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Good question about what gives us the right to question another culture. I might add, what makes us think ours is superior...or even equal?

Lovely poem and photo.