In my post about my words for 2017, I mentioned that I wanted to tune in more with the seasons. As part of that, I want to do a photography project where I take a photo of the same tree each point on the wheel of the year starting with Winter Solstice.
Well, today is Winter Solstice. And it looked like I was going to be rained off. I had already made peace with the fact that I probably won’t get all my photos taken on the actual day because of my health and not being able to go out on my own in the rain… (I can’t put my wheelchair waterproof on myself). But then the clouds parted, a bit of blue shone through and I headed out for a brief trip to the park.
In addition to photos, I sat and wrote for a (very short) while and I’m going to compile some of the words and pictures into a book I made as part of my 2016 tree project.
Whilst you slept
Before you woke I had risen
Stretched legs on empty paths
Tethered sunbeams to waiting benches
Tenderly warmed each blade and petal
Established a conductor to oversee the symphony
Reclaimed the park from night custodians
And wrapped the day in blue skies
Ready to present to you on waking
I saw something somewhere which said write everything that you can see down. It said it more elegantly but the idea lodged itself somewhere inside of me. I’ve tried this technique a couple of times and it seems to be a good way for me to stay grounded whilst trying to capture a place.
I split my page into three and write the following, one per third:
I then collect words and phrases and leave them for a couple of days. When I return to them with fresh eyes, it’s much easier to see new ideas and fresh images. I then start assembling them.
For Denis, who spent many happy days in this park
Breeze rippling over lake.
Ducks callling newborns,
Break the water’s patterns.
Children’s calls grasp at paper,
Snippets of play
Against the twinkly tune.
The park’s choreography.
Close, and faint
Wind whispers storm warnings.
Denis alone keeps watch.