3.11.11

To whom are we beautiful when we go?

































"I wish I knew the beauty of leaves falling. To whom are we beautiful when we go?" David Ingnato


Someone very close to me is on their way. It has been a slow process. I am at the point where it is really very challenging to try to see any beauty in it. I suppose that increasing vulnerability is hard to accept from one so big and so strong. And yet, the unexpected softness, the holding onto the small pleasures, the very rare moments of laughter, these are precious still, although rare enough these days.

Wanting to run away from this parting I find that the deepening autumn is my soulmate on the road . Glimpses of the world around me going to sleep, absolutely lacking in any sense of panic, can be re-assuring. Ever so slowly today I am letting winter happen! The almost bare branches are going to be strewn with bird feeders by the end of this day, and I look forward to filling the larder of the robin family over the next few weeks.......




22 comments:

  1. Beautiful, m ade me stop and think...

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  2. A hard time. Best wishes for your journey through it.

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  3. A sad, soft and salutory post- you've a gift for seeing the truth. Am so sorry to hear of this though

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  4. What a sad post beautifully written

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  5. You have found a gentle way to write a hard and sad story.

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  6. It made me think,beautifully written

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  7. Beautiful writing and photography. "Deepening autumn is my soulmate on the road" is a wonderful phrase.
    You are braver than I.

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  8. My fellow commentors were correct when they said that this is a gentle, honest, sad, brave, and thoughtful post.

    As your winters come, I hope you can find some comfort and peace in the transition.

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  9. I am on a similar journey with my Dad and this really touched me xx

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  10. beautifully said, my friend - nature as a mirror, companion, and guide.

    autumn is the exhale.

    i, too, have walked this path and am sending so much love your way.

    xoxo

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  11. Beautifully said, and touching.

    I wish you some peace on your difficult journey.

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  12. Beautiful words and images .... thinking of you during this trying time.

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  13. Your photos and words are both beautiful and poignant. Too many times in the last few years I walked this journey with loved ones, and I am ever aware that someday the journey will be mine. I do believe that nature is a reflection of God's promises. Peace to you and to your loved one... Deborah

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  14. "A burden shared is a burden halved" is an old saying from somewhere...I hope your sharing makes the road a little easier. Be thinking of you...I have travelled this road myself.

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  15. There is no good way to say goodbye. Quickly is too quick, and slow can be hard and painful for all involved. I'm sorry to hear you're going through this challenging time. I hope you can find more of those fleeting moments of beauty.

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  16. The answer is: we are beautiful to what remains when we are gone....

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  17. Very wonderful photos, excellent prose and very touching to the soul. I am misty eyed even with that short article, it came from an old soul. Transition is always different, i hope we can relate to its beauty more than the sorrow. But of course it is always easier said than done! Take care and God bless.

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  18. Seem to have missed some beautiful and some sad posts. Thoughts are with you.

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  19. I hope the arms of nature wrap themselves around you during this difficult time! Take care...

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  20. Beautifully said. Beautiful photographs. Peace to you. (Shutter Sisters)

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  21. Thank you for this. I hope spring's bringing a continuing sense of comfort.

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