I saw this printed on the side of a small bridge along the Promenade Plantée in Paris. It inspired me: we are always late – again – for someone. Sometime it does not matter, but often it does, it always does if we are late for someone we love and who loves us.
Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?
I asked my pupils to wait for me in the little crag as I wanted to explore the path down the cliff. After all I was leading this junior group of the Alpine Club, and it was my responsibility to ensure they were safe. The evening was bright, lit by the full moon, the air was clear and cool. The path led down to a narrow terrace after a near vertical descent of about fifteen meters. I was strapped and knew the ground quite well, so I climbed down.
As I turned round to check how far I was, I saw her: her camera lens was aimed at me, as she was lying on the flat rock, her blond hair held tight by a small beret. And there on that cliff I knew I had been at this spot before, long ago… The girl got up, smiled and, pushing a few blond locks under her beret, said in a lovely Austrian accent: “I took a good shot of you coming down, you can take a copy if you want!” But I was away, there, in the djebel, under another full moon, held in the frame of a sniper’s rifle, back in time. I smiled and said I would be pleased to have the pic: did she want me to take one of her?
The freezing fog lifted an hour ago, as the skies got all at once brighter, surrounding the snow with sharp reflections. The garden is again in colour, emerging from the black and white dyes of the last few days. Small birds have reappeared, magpies perch melancholically on tree tops and high flying gulls cross over the landscape, aiming for the coast.
The roads are clear and the pavements a mess of half frozen slush: walkers sport mountain boots and gripping shoes of various types, one cannot help judging the contempt “we” – the pedestrians – are held by municipalities struggling in the claws of austerity. Small trees get greener as the snow melts away but the grass is still hidden, and with it the snow drops that, one guesses, are awake under the white blanket.
It is too early to celebrate victory over darkness: the evenings are clearer, and would be so later even, without the idiotic change of clock that, light-wise, ruins this short interval to the middle of February. So the bike is still in the garage but spirits are already higher: with Spring approaching, inspiration, we know, will be back with a vengeance.
- Snowfall, Snowdrops and Thaw (Look Beyond – Weekly Photo Challenge) (mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com)
- Thaw (mooncrackerness.wordpress.com)
- 41 Day 217 – Duotone Landscape (lucygutteridge.wordpress.com)
Gracious and talented Katherine Hopkins, who hails from the KD Defehr poetry and photography blog (btw is the actual photography blog at http://kristydefehr.wordpress.com/?), has nominated this sinner for the Tell Me About Yourself Award, which made me blush no end through my January suntan… Thank you Katherine: you are an angel and a very promising young woman, who wrote: “However, I’ve found that one other thing, beside my mind’s indecency, is for absolute certain. With a pen in my hand (or my fingers on a keyboard) I am at peace. When I’m in that zone and I’m writing, the places that I feel with my heart and think with my mind suddenly join and they become one. Suddenly, I’m free and I’m safe and I’m so filled with excitement by the possibilities of what I could create with this new found sense of power and enlightenment. The words surge through me and they become stories, images and messages. They become my voice and they fill my body until, all at once, I’m not just another sad and confused teenager. I’m an artist, and I can do anything with my talent if I allow it to guide me. I can be anyone and do anything through the words that I write and the characters that I create… because they’re mine.” How beautiful is that? Btw don’t miss Katherine’s funny pics: well worth a visit!
I wish to thank also Green Cheata (at http://greencheata.wordpress.com/) without whom none of this would have happened! Do visit the blogs of those talented people readers! Green Cheata picks up a poetry pen on Tuesdays and Thursdays: please note…
I admit not to have done my research on this award, so I am following Katherine blindly! Now, as you probably know if you have paid more than one or two visits to these pages, I am horribly shy talking about myself, and end up talking about my work! So here we go again ;-P
- Confession: I am desperately in love with two women: one is my (real) wife, Gorgeous, and the other, well, is the main character of my novel in making, Melissa of the Page fame… As a matter of fact both are present in these pages, somewhere!
- My third love is the mountains, and particularly the Dolomiti Alps, in Northern Italy.
- I write almost every day, but this writing is dispersed – small bits, big chunks of the main work, all depends on inspiration… and those characters.
- Julian, my significant male character is – I swear – not me! Paul (of Arrakis fame) might be, in some weird way.
- I train, or run, three times a week, and try to run 5k once a week, with 10k thrown in in Summer. I admire Haruki who runs a marathon before b’fast!
- In various posts of this blog I have written about reading – I even have a page on the subject, thinking about it! – at the moment I am reading Justin Cronin’s “The Passage“, which I find fascinating. In parallel I am reading Ray Monk’s biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer “Inside The Centre” (more about both in future posts…)
- Rest of the time I fiddle with my loyal Nikon (see http://thiscornerofthewoods.wordpress.com/)
Nominations: new friends, old friends, a mix…
- Benjamin at http://benjaminprewitt.com/, a beautiful art and poetry blog
- Rumpy Dog at http://rumpydog.com/
- The Clown on Fire at http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/
- Girl on the Contrary: unforgettable! http://girlonthecontrary.com/
- Steven Watkins at http://stevenwwatkins.com/
- Layla at http://lalammar.net/
- Lesaf & twig at http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/
- Tell me About Yourself Award (defehrpoetry.wordpress.com)
- Beautiful Blogger Award (defehrpoetry.wordpress.com)
- Poem: Awarded (grannyslittleprojects.wordpress.com)