Visual Poetry #14 (The Zen of Longing)

…in this image, i maximized and explored the creative freedom of using the white space (or blank space or empty space as others call it)…i took the shot on a cloudless grey sky, giving that white space background…i was trying to infuse a poetic atmosphere as i project a kind of tranquility to the total image…i felt some sort of an inner serenity when i looked at the face of this statue before i took the shot…and i also felt a strong longing in my heart for those very dear loved ones that are no longer here in this impermanent world…and then i read this poignant mourning short poem by Izumi Shikibu (one of my favourite ancient Japanese poets):

Why did you vanish
into empty sky?
Even the fragile snow,
when it falls,
falls in this world.

good thing i have photography and poetry to express my feelings…


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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4 Responses to Visual Poetry #14 (The Zen of Longing)

  1. RobynG says:

    And you express yourself so beautifully! Robyn

  2. superb post you have here, thanks a ton for making it available!

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