Monday, January 3, 2011

Last


(photo by Tabitha Bird)

As the sun fell from its throne in the sky it stretched its arms towards the horizon.
An attempt to catch itself?
Maybe.

It wove its fingers through the leaves of a Morten Bay Fig. The wind dappling the fingerprints of the last sunlight on the ground.
Last?
Maybe.

The grasses rose to meet the light like an animal arching it's back, eager for the stroking hand of a kind master. The sun breathed with the afternoon. I breathed too.
Stillness?
Maybe.

I wondered how many sunsets have morphed into the liquid dark of night without me seeing them. How many before this one?
An eternity?
Maybe.

As I my skin drank in the last light of the year, a new year crouching at the door of tomorrow, I opened my eyes and saw.  Not a last sunset. Not for me. For me, this was a first.
A beginning?
Maybe.

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What about you? Happy New Year. How did you spend the last light of 2010? I went on a date with my camera. A new obsession. Photography.

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful words and a breathtaking picture! Loved this. I spend the last light of 2010 with my two boys. :)

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  2. I've always wanted to be skilled at photography. Not so much. Beautiful poem. We had friends over.
    ~ Wendy

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  3. Happy New Year Tab. I have read about flooding in Queensland and hope you are safe. Enjoy your camera! It will bring you such fun!

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  4. Oh, it's so nice to see you back here, Tabitha. I've missed your words and your energy and the way you see the world. I spent New Year's Eve at our annual folkdance party - potluck, talent show, and dancing till midnight, at which time we hoist a cup of champaigne and sing Auld Lang Sine shoulder to shoulder in a circle.
    Karen

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  5. Happy New Year Tabitha! Wonderful poem! Brightest blessings with your new date...I hope he shows you many beautiful sunsets!

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  6. I spent the last evening of 2010 totally alone.
    But I was not sad I was remembering all the other New Year Eve's I spent with my late husband however when Auld Lang Syne was playing a solitary tear fell down my face.

    Happy New Year to you
    Yvonne.

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  7. Maybe, just maybe, I am going to have a lot of visual delight on this blog, since you have taken up photography.
    What did I do with the last light of 2010, I think I saw a smiling face, content.

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  8. Welcome back. I have missed your depth of thoughts and words. And I love this post, yes new beginning, my first :)

    I spent my eve, eating new recipes I had tried. Now, I have to start working out :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  9. Beautiful writing. Your blog is always refreshing, a good pause for thought.

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  10. Maybe maybe maybe. I spent the last night with this ooooommmmmm. Maybe.

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  11. I am loving your photography as much as I love your way with the Kings English! I heart you =) I can't wait to see all of your successes in the New Year! XOXO

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  12. Happy New Year Tabitha! I see your words are still lighting the sky:)

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  13. Beautiful words and a beautiful post! I spent a quite evening at home anxiously awaiting the start of another year. I love new starts!

    Happy New Year!

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  14. Lovely post! I spent the last hours of 2010 and well into the New Year, peering out the window to the park, like a nosy little old lady, wishing that the innebriated next door would supervise their small children with the fireworks. I would have much preferred the peace of the Moreton Bay fig! Hsppy New Year Tabitha! Have fun with your camera!

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  15. OH, this was lovely, ethereal, and stirring....

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  16. Gorgeous Tree!
    Lovely photo
    Beautiful words

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  17. I love it! I have a similar obsession. :0)

    I wrote that night, actually. That was fun!

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  18. Beautiful photo!
    Good luck with your new obsession:) There are many possibilities for your creativity. I am looking forward to see the results. I am sure it will be wonderful.

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  19. I watched movies with friends. Pretty uneventful, but that's okay.

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  20. Beautiful picture! Are your talents neverending? Happy New Year!

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  21. Thank you all for your kind comments and Happy New year to all.

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  22. TB simply breathtaking and awesome. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  23. Creative and inspiring imagery! I already have an obsession with photography. I like capturing stories with a click and a dash or more of light. Photography complements writing, I believe. Look forward to maybe seeing a picture or two of your new obsession??

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  24. Love the form of this poem. It really carried me along.

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  25. Lovely, good lady. And for some reason, I think your obsessions are more wholesome than mine.... *shifty*

    Happy new year!

    :)

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  26. Lovely photo and commentary. It was all a good time to pause and indulge in reverie.

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  27. Ten year old twin grandaughters, husband, "NeverEnding Story" until midnight. Everyone stayed awake this year.

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  28. Thanks for those who have been concerned about the flooding in QLD. We have many towns completely under water. I live much closer to the coast and so we have been unaffected. My heart goes out to those in north Queensland who have lost everything. Homes. Livestock. Farms. Life is cruel sometimes. Makes me feel blessed even as I fight my own battles :)

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  29. Always nice to catch up with your blog Tabitha - David

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  30. Happy New Year Tabitha! What a beautiful picture and a post to match :)

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  31. 'I wondered how many sunsets have morphed into the liquid dark of night without me seeing them. How many before this one?'
    I have wondered too. Beautiful write, you.

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  32. Tab, in honor of this post i uploaded a complimentary shot of my own taken several years ago ... although not a Fig, and in fact taken at sunset, i think it will be a good companion to yours here and will continue the cycle of day follows night follows day ... Happy New Year to you too ...

    Here's the link to it:
    http://noxpix.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post.html

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  33. Those are your photos? I like them! =) Take a quick view on mines too * * *

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