Sunday, March 7, 2010

Next Time / From Now On

Next time what I'd do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I'd stop
just before going into a house

and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,

I'd watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I'd know more -- the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over

forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
like a light.

Next time / From now on I’m working on following the example set by my precious friend R.

photographs from the Smoke Works series by Mehmet Ozgur/ poem Next Time by Mary Oliver


erin said...

WOWY, wow, wow, wow!! love the poem so much and ...well, the smokey photos are delicious! and then there is the video!! fantastic choices,,,thank you...

ArtSnark said...

fantastic mix! well done

Rose said...

How amazing those smoke pictures are!
Hope you are going well Chrisy and enjoying the long weekend :)


Trish Goodfield said...

Every time I walked passed to say hi yesterday you were busy so I didn't stop to say hi. Hope you had a great day.

susan said so said...

What a beautiful, soulful tribute to your friend Renee. I only recently learned of her, and from what I've read on her blog she seems an incredible woman.

The video is amazing; I've watched it every day at least once since I first saw it on MFAMB!


Queen of Dreamsz said...

How very cool, indeed!

I'm going to see the movie next week...I'll let you know so we can exchange our thoughts. :0)

Have a lovely day,

melanie said...

wow, if they're genuine smoke pictures they're amazing!

Hey Harriet said...

These are amazing examples of smoke photography. Something I've never tried but keep meaning to have a play with. The poem accompanying the images was just perfect!

Did you have a stall at the market yesterday Chrisy? Geez I'm extra sad I missed going along now! Working on Saturdays totally sucks :(

Hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend!

Flor Larios Art said...

Wow! so amazing!

Vicki said...

Those smoke pictures are amazing so evocative and the Lost Things clip..genius. always a joy to read your Blog Chrisy.

SoCalWendie said...

Great post!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very nice! The images and words are perfect together.


Hope your week is a good one.

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing images, darling!


cabin + cub said...

Wow.. those smoke pics are amazing! I wonder how they do that?

elsiee said...

beautiful thoughts, glorious visuals I am trasported...
thank you friend!

Equipoise said...

Thanks for the visit and your sweet comment. I've been reading through your blog and it's so beautiful! I'll be back again for certain!

Gloria said...

This works together very nicely. Great work.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Chrisy! Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing magical words and photos! Thanks also for your touching visit! Renee will be forever in our hearts. Hugs to you sweetie! :)

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your art pieces and dialogue in your "next time" series is awesome. Wonderful words of wisdom, love it. Thank you for visiting my blog Chrisy, I look forward to returning to see more of your art and have joined your followers list. I hope you will join me as well. Hugs, Gayle (from Canada)