Visual Poetry #20 (When a Symbol Leads to a Thoughtful Realization)

…again another remarkable find at St. James Cemetery…i quietly stood in front of that grave-marker, for perhaps fifteen minutes, trying to rationalize the meaning of the sculpted symbol…it was cold and windy…the sky washed in autumnal grey…the gradually fading pale November light…and then, for some strange reason, i went inward…thoughts swirled…and then it dawned on me that it was more about feelings…about how i felt seeing that symbol…it was about being silent and still while the cold autumn wind made me shiver a little bit…it was about respect…it was about remembering those that went before us in the great beyond in silence and stillness…it was about transitions in time and space…about earthly attachments and detachments…about presence and absence…about being aware of mortality and eternity in a transient world…it was about acknowledging the presence of mysteries and realizing that there are mysteries that will remain unrevealed until an appointed time…it was one of those profound poetic moment…and then i took a couple of shots…and i left as quietly as i came…

And then this passage from Rilke’s poem, 8th Duino Elegy, made me ponder the meaning of life even more:

That’s how we live,                                                                                                                   Always                                                                                                                                         Saying goodbye.

…looks so simple but it’s not…it’s a deepening realization and acknowledgement of living in this transient world that takes on a deeper meaning as years pass by…


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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9 Responses to Visual Poetry #20 (When a Symbol Leads to a Thoughtful Realization)

  1. lizziejoy10 says:

    Very profound, Virgilio. Thank you.

  2. You have such a great imagination with a lot of vivid and profound thoughts. That’s a true writer creating and making people think. 🙂

  3. chrisbkm says:

    Virgilio, you reveal such a constant and beautiful voice and mind in your words and images. Wonderful.

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