Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shadows

The past's long shadows
Fall across today and stretch
Beyond tomorrow.

All our yesterdays
Were tomorrows and todays --
Shadows fleeting past.
All tomorrows soon
Turn to yesterdays and all
Pleasant dreams to dust. 
But today remains
Sufficient unto our time --
All --no more, no less.
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22 comments:

Ms. A said...

I certainly agree with those words.

Thérèse said...

Shadows seem to have more significance in cemeteries than anywhere else.

Martin said...

These photographs lend weight to the words, especially in b&w.

Alan Burnett said...

Therese in her comment was exactly right : the concept of shadows fits the remembrance of those who have fallen so well.

GrandmaK said...

Lovely reflection. Cathy

Sally said...

Very well said...so true!

Star said...

and in my country the gravestones all point to the east, so the shadows always point to the west, to the emotions!
Lovely pictures and thoughts here Vicki. Thank you.

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Love the black & white shots,makes the shadows so interesting! The loneliness of the shots go so well with your words and the coming of winter. XO

Brian Miller said...

perfect verse for a walk in the graveyard...reminds me of the one by my childhood home....

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

the words match the pictures... nice!

JJRod'z

Linda@VS said...

Words to remember, Vicki. My inner genealogist is especially fond of the idea that "the past's long shadows fall across today and stretch beyond tomorrow." Indeed, they do.

Mama-Bug said...

Absolutely wonderful! Those sentiments fit the photos perfectly.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Well done! Jim

Helen T in SC said...

I love these photos

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely moving words and perfect photographs to accompany them. I will re-visit this post often. It is beautiful.

Deanna said...

Such significance of those shadows along with your words. So nice.

JJM said...

@ Star: I am told that graves are oriented so that, when the dead rise on the last day of days, they face east -- and the rising sun.

Ancient Greek temples open to the east, too, save for one rather odd example, that of Apollo at Bassae.

Lovely photographs and words, Vicki.--Mario

Darla said...

Love this blend of images with haiku...

Kath said...

Wonderful way to end a very snarky day. Thank you.

Brenda said...

That first image and first 3 lines cast me into a sudden brush with my own mortality. Our time here is so fleeting. I was thinking of that just today while out on a walk, thinking about the growth and death cycles of the plants I pass by... some I walk past year in, and year out, and it seems the seasons pass quicker each year.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the kind words -- I rarely choose black and white but these photos just worked do much better that way.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Vicki

Lovely-lovely-lovely!

What more can I say.

Best
Tracy :)