Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving (SWF)

Ruby Beach,
Olympic National Park, Washington



I can feel the strength, here, still.
Almost as it was months ago, standing, my feet planted on this shore. Looking out over the wide, empty space, to a point where sea and sky seemed one.

From waves that reach and pull at the land, with a thunderous crash, nature heals its brokenness.
Reshaping it,
lifting small pieces to new places.
Its hands laying a broad, smooth resting place beneath them.

Losses that, once sharply painful, are softened.
Gaps slowly filled with drifting sand.


And I look at this most lovely, waiting here, its roundness a testament to time.
Rolled.
And rolled over, again.
Yet, stilled.

And know that it, too, once was broken.

My wish this Thanksgiving is for waves that wash sharp edges smooth.
And give unsettled stones rest.

Sunset from Ruby Beach



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45 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely. The pictures and the poetry give us pause. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

bobbie said...

A very lovely post, Nina.
A happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

TSannie said...

Just beautiful - both words and photos. Happy Thanksgiving!

egretsnest said...

What a lovely Thanksgiving wish. I loved that.

RHCarpenter said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Nina. Your blog is one of the many things for which I am thankful.
--Rhonda

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely, lovely post! Thank you.

Wishing you and yours a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving Day.

Cathy said...

One of my favorite beaches to explore. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories. Happy Thanksgiving!

kjpweb said...

Fantastic imagery! That looks like a photographers paradise!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Cheers, Klaus

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you too Nina.

Kallen305 said...

Lovely photos and pody. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Heather said...

A very evocative post, Nina. I have to tell you that your words "...for waves that wash sharp edges smooth. And give unsettled stones rest." are especially resonant to me right now. My husband and I lost a very dear friend a week ago, and the pain is still fresh. Your words bring to mind the process of grieving and recovery that we are all going through, especially his family. I give thanks for your peaceful poetry.

babooshka said...

These are sensational.

Deborah Godin said...

I love that beach - haven't been there, but I love it! And that concertion ball, or whatever it is, it's like a planet with it's gravitational field! As above, so below or something like that. Your words are lovely to. I enjoyed this post!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY WAY.
Blessings,Ruth

Leslie: said...

Lovely post and what a lovely wish for Thanksgiving. May I wish you a good day, even though it's not our Thanksgiving, having had it in October here.

Mary said...

Dear Nina,

Your post is meaningful.

Sunsets can be glorious, as you show...

My thoughts are with you.

Hugs,
Mary

DCup said...

A lovely post. I wish you a wonderful holiday.

Susan Gets Native said...

We are thinking of you, Nina.

Toni said...

Poetic .... Happy Thanksgiving

Q said...

Dear Nina,
I send you blessings.
Thank you for this incredible and thoughtful post.
Namaste,
Sherry

The Tile Lady said...

Truly beautiful Skywatch photos! And even more beautiful, the corresponding sentiment! A lovely, priceless thought--prayer--for this season and always. Thanks....
Marie

Bemused26 said...

lovely sunset shots, gorgeous!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a beautiful Thanksgiving post.

Maalie said...

Lovely pictures! Happy Thanksgiving!

Yen said...

Lovely photos! Great Thanksgiving post too!~ Happy SWF!

Cheers,
Yen See yah!

Merisi said...

Extraordinary images, paired with your beautiful prose, how wonderful to meet your art!

Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

Neal said...

Gorgeous! It's kind of ironic seeing pictures from Olympic NP because I was just on the National Park Service's web site checking out Olympic since we're going to be in that area next summer.

imac said...

Love your words fitting for your photos.

angela said...

Beautiful marriage of words and images..I think your header is lovely too..

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Beautiful words. You are so talented with shaping words that bend into poetry.
Brenda

Gill - That British Woman said...

what stunning photos.......

Gill in Canada

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful photos and such a nice place to be Love the last shot

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a great spot, I've been there. Your photos remind what a great day that was, and how much fun it was getting lost in the moment ... and yes, the role (and roll) of the tides.

MicheleRF said...

Simply beautiful and eloquent. Thank you.

Sharon said...

What beautiful words and pictures. What a special place.

Sharon

The Good Life in Virginia said...

super series of shots from ruby beach...think my favorite is the last one :)

Mary said...

This looks like a beautiful place and I love that round rock on the sand!

Dianne said...

Incredible words to accompany incredible images

a very serene and comforting post :)

Robin Easton said...

Oh Nina, this is so lovely. I am especially awed by the lines about the round stone. You are a most poignant poet. And of course what your eyes see through your lens just takes me breath away. You are full of heart and soul, and your connection to Nature is your gift to the world. Thank you dear soul for such a shining gift.
Hugs,
Robin

Mark said...

Incredible shots - so serene.
lionsmane

Arija said...

Such wonderful pictures and isight full sentiments. Beautiful combination of thoughts and images.

pts said...

beautiful pic. and words!

nina said...

Heather--I'm sure you are not the only one for whom these words "resonate." I, too, am in the midst of a great loss--one that is occupying every bit of my physical energy, and emotional as well, leaving nothing to tap into for writing.
Please find comfort for yourself as I will, too.
And know that in time, waves washing over and over, will smooth sharp edges.

I appreciate everyone's thoughts and wishes for this season's blessings.
Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement until I can find my way again.

NCmountainwoman said...

Dear Nina,
For whatever loss you are grieving, I will be thinking of you. I've come to feel a great sense of strength in your posts and I know you will soon be whole...different perhaps, but whole nonetheless. Your lovely poetry will return. And just as you must wait for the smoothing of the sharp edges, so will we wait for your return.

Heather said...

Nina - I am sorry to hear of your loss. Take care of yourself. You will be in my thoughts. May you find peace.