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CBW: Short

… but growing fast!

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CBW: Long-limbed

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When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

― Maya Angelou


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CBW: The enchantment of decay

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Everywhere you look there is evidence of the enchantment of decay, of a kind of beauty that can only be revealed by a long, slow fading.

― Amitav Ghosh, Gun Island


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CBW: Blossom

‘Anything with double letters’ is Cee’s newest black and white photo challenge. I chose bloSSom, dressed in delicate pink. I hope you will like it in monochrome as well.

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There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.

— William Cullen Bryant


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CBW: That’s not an engine. That’s art!

This one is for my V-man. Well, not the car –I can’t possibly afford one of those, not even in my wildest dreams– but the photo. He loves Porsches.

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I have this old ’57 Porsche Speedster, and the way the door closes, I’ll just sit there and listen to the sound of the latch going, ‘cluh-CLICK-click.’ That door! I live for that door. Whatever the opposite of planned obsolescence is, that’s what I’m into.

~ Jerry Seinfeld


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CBW: Pig on Wheels

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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

— Winston S. Churchill


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CBW: Crowned dove

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Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.

— Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons


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