The land lives on

 Posted by on January 28, 2014  Add comments
Jan 282014
 
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Recently I have lost two very dear friends.  I mourn the loss of the conversations with them that I hoped we would continue to have for many years to come.  Sometimes I feel as if I want to shout angrily at the world and ask, “Can't you see how everything has changed?  I don't want to have to reinvent my life when it was happy and comfortable.  I loved the way I was able to slip into my friend's presence – the glove and the hand fitted so easily.  How dare you didn't consult me before they had to leave !!” 
And in my mighty indignation I saw a thrush busily searching for a worm to take back to her brood.  I saw my horses continuing to graze, or idly stand together, tails swishing away a pesky fly that was hovering.  The sun still followed its allotted path, everything was as it should be.  The only difference was that I had lost two friends and my feelings were wanting the world to change.  The wisdom of the day was there in front of my eyes.  Everything continues as it will,  I can only bring the best of me to that day and trust that all is as it is meant to be. 

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  8 Responses to “The land lives on”

  1. Pauline. I could say so much in response but I think the response is really simple. Acceptance … what a peaceful place. I am so glad you have come to that place, I am sure it is as your friends would have wanted it. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. Oh, wonderful image too 🙂

    • These images are part of the preparation thinking about the exhibition in Sydney – how does the landscape unite us? I’m very interested in what other people think about this question and would love to hear what they have to say.

  2. Your post certainly brought tears to MY eyes, Pauline. Superb words. Yes life does go on and one slowly learns to cope; one remembers the good times and blocks the bad times! And hopefully grows stronger. Your images of the land are beautiful. In my opinion one of the ways that the land unites us is when we can experience it with a special person and the memories remain. There is not enough space here to say more at the moment !

    • I appreciate your comments Barbara and I hadn’t thought about how we shared the landscape with people and the ways that could unite us. I’m making notes on these thoughts since we are going to have to give an address to the public at the Sydney exhibition. So thanks for your input.

  3. Beautiful – both the photograph and the words. What jumps out at me is the message ‘roots’ stretch across and are ever-present. Your roots created with your friends still exist.
    My mother used to plant a tree when a friend died. One friend had enjoyed his whiskey, so she would go out and throw a whiskey on his ‘roots’. He always flailed his branches to her in greetings and thanks. 🙂

  4. I love the Vein of life. Wise words Pauline. Yes although one individual life may end and part of our own life dies the sun still comes up and other life continues. I think we need other words for collective life and individual life because they are not the same thing. I think you visual word here describes the collective version perfectly.

  5. I’m glad you have found the heart of the matter, however hard it is to lose a part of you. The picture tells of the tenacity of life, and the comfort of being at one with the earth.

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