Saturday, 14 November 2009

After The Rain We Took A Lonely Walk.


In the grey,
a winter's day,

the quiet sound of our footsteps
on wet.



Up the lane.
And the stark lonely trees,
cut out against the clouds,
loom like desolate, friendless wraiths.


And the fields so quiet.
The skies a strange, empty hush.





And then, in the distance we see a herd of twenty horses
at full gallop,
their riders lying against their backs it seemed,
as though listening to their heartbeats.

Flying through the fields. Flying!

And my heart beats. My heart beats.

Wins out over the quiet fields, beyond the oppressing gloom,
and above the unnatural silence that rings in the air.


And there it is,
what we were missing.

Something like the breath of the forest,
the breathing trees.

A murmur in our ear, whispered close against our skin.



And so, together we walk on,
a faint brightness clinging to the light on the trees ahead.

54 comments:

Coralee said...

lovely. . .I feel as though I was there too

Bryan Boru said...

I love everything but the title. Good walk!

Paddy said...

It is good to get back to nature once in a while; to feel the wind, the moist leaves and the trees.

Kato said...

So melancholy and beautiful.

Thank you for your lovely words and photos.

Jo said...

I'm not sure blog posts such as this are really meant to be critiqued.

Beautiful, Ciara. Where did you go? The trees are so gorgeous. The shapes and colours and light in that last photo... where are the elves hiding?

Ciara said...

Jo, we were around the corner from you!

Kilruddery. I'm always amazed that it's there, right on the edge of town and almost forgotten.

Tia said...

Lovley pics, lovley words....

Bryan Boru said...

If I offended you Ciara, with my 'critique', I apologize . I just believed that with the great images of this piece, the word lonely just didn't fit. Yet, this is yours, thank you for sharing.

Megara said...

what beautiful photos! i love rainy fall days.

P0kZt3R said...

Very interesting...

affectioknit said...

What a lovely walk!

Ko said...

sometimes,walking lonely makes a person feel better

Rebecca S. said...

I was noticing today how different the landscape is without all the foliage. There is a spacious, gentle starkness to it. I find I love November for that.

Lovely photos.

MKG said...

Gorgeous and lovely! Picture with words both are living! Thanks for such a nice moment!

the b in subtle said...

Your photos remind me so much of where I live (rurally). The Autumn is my favourite season and Winter is my second favourite (I love the snow) so I'm usually set for the next five months! I love how you express each part of your walk. I remember galloping on a horse a couple of years ago and it was a feeling of elation! Beautiful post, Ciara!

Kat A- said...

This is immaculate in assigning a mood to the soul.
Reminds me of the book Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.

gracia said...

"And then, in the distance we see a herd of twenty horses
at full gallop..."

Ah! How magical a sight!

Martin H. said...

Ciara

We realise how precious the heart is when expression of this quality is produced. Thank you.

Gillian said...

I love the last image. It is so beautiful and peaceful.

Ciara said...

Thank you all for your sweet words! It's no wonder autumn is a universal favourite.

Bryan, you didn't offend me! It started out feeling lonely because of my state of mind, but nature has a way, doesn't it?

noteither said...

wonderful pictures! you can feel serenity just by looking at them

Doc Trauma said...

Beautiful images and words! You have great talent. Thank you for sharing it with us.
:o)

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Your beautifully carved words and haunting photos carry us with you into that lonely walk, and with you, we find the grace of the living trees. A lovely journey.

Blueon said...

these are very nice, last days i thought to go to places, exactly like these ones.

Casey said...

Your blog reminds me of what I felt Waldorf education gave to the souls of my children. They are grown and gone but your words and photos revitalise me. My completely different blog can and does have some lovely photos as well of life in the mountains...but the blog is form a dog's point of view so not poetic like yours, it is for light-hearted moments rather than introspection. telluridedogblog.blogspot.com

Priyanka Goswami said...

simply fantastic...........no one can copy the beauty of nature.......great photographs

FindingOutMary.blogspot.com said...

Lovely photos with bizzare words make a great pair.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful

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Laura Hegfield said...

I felt like I was walking along with you on this simple journey to a magical world...right near your home!

simply lovely all the way through!

Lenny said...

Beautiful, really beautiful! :)

Razrin said...

like it, lovely!

2busy said...

There is some longing to your poem. The photos are spectacular.

ЯANdOM ЯAWR ◊ said...

This is beautiful. It's no wonder your blog was on "Blogs of Note".

Health said...

very nice.

I need to read more and more.pls.

acornmoon said...

I hope you are taking some solace in the beauty that abounds in your part of the world. I am thinking of you and wishing you well.

Amber said...

I walked with you from that...thank you. Hope you are happy and well lovely one..xx

picture-lover said...

Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring.
Thanks for this lovely pictures.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Sadness can be so sweet sometimes.

Andrew said...

Gorgeous words Ciara.

Rekha Gopalakrishnan said...

The pictures outshine the poem.

Chris Judge said...

Beautiful Ciara.

Christin Lore Weber said...

Lovely glimpses into your world

toxic said...

anoh..i like your poetry. i write some for my blog, but mine are a lot shorter. please read my blog. hey-toxic.blogspot.com

Sara[Sometimes] said...

this is so gorgeous! i wish i had your talent♥

The Crap Blog Detective said...

I think your loneliness is down to your dreadful poetry. Perhaps, if you were to stop you may have had a blog called 'After a Slight Downpour, a Cheerful Gander in the Woods'. It still would have been crap though

CindySoda said...

Wow very beautiful pictures!

Ciara said...

Dear Mr. Crap.

I never said it was poetry.

And you blog about... what exactly?

baili said...

hi thanks for sharing you beautiful walk with me it was my long time desire to have one like this hundreds of time i flew with baili and had some moments for my soul your poem n pics made me felt same way thanks again have beautiful life takecare

Mimi said...

There is sadness and hope in this piece. And a sense that, even in the midst of raw pain, life does indeed go on.
I love it, Ciara.

Kathryn said...

Just lovely, the verse, the photos. I would love to take that walk!

littlemarymixup said...

so sweet...and the pics are so beautiful....i can feel it all!

Deirdre said...

Beautiful photos... and wonderful words... Helps to heal the heart!

Katie said...

I love the top 3 photos...just found your blog...I'm now following!

Check out my blogs..love to have you follow.

Thanks for posting (TFP!)

Katie

A. E. Hendricks said...

Beautiful!