A few more photographs of that great fallen pine.

25.02

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When Great Trees Fall
Maya Angelou, from a collection entitled I Shall Not Be Moved.

‘ When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly.  Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed.  They existed.
We can be.  Be and be
better.  For they existed.’

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  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala

    Wow, what a stunning poem. I love then way this flows ‘We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity.’

    My favourite poet is E. E. Cummings, I love all things American Literature so he hits the spot. x

    http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com

  • http://www.inmysundaybest.com Sade

    Beautiful photography.

    IN MY SUNDAY BEST BLOG

    Sade xo

  • http://nannaemma.blogspot.com Nanna

    I’m terribly terrible at leaving comments on your blog and that is going to change!

    I got a bit teary-eyed at the end of the poem. Fitted so well with the pictures. Made me think of my grandfather.

  • http://www.easylittletiger.com amanda

    Beautiful photos. Also, love love LOVE Maya Angelou.

  • http://mycreativephotography.co.uk/ Michelle

    What a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura Schmidt

    Beautiful words, and the last picture is particularly breathtaking – the scale feels distortedly colossal, it looks like the bark is ten stories high! Lx

  • http://www.thelobsterandme.com Ibbs

    If you like these pines, I really recommend you check out ANSEL ADAMS photography. It’s just breathtaking
    x x

  • http://onserpentineshores.blogspot.co.uk/ Alex Barker

    Love your photos – I find it so refreshing when bloggers photograph the natural world – so thank you x

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