When Wakened Birds

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    She says, "I am content when wakened birds,
    Before they fly, test the reality
    Of misty fields, by their sweet questionings;
    But when the birds are gone, and their warm fields
    Return no more, where, then, is paradise?"

    "Sunday Morning" --Wallace Stevens

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    1. greyhound rick 35 months ago | reply

      wonderful creativity!!! Love this!!! :-)

    2. _Atse_ 35 months ago | reply

      wonderful done.. !

    3. Barrett Brassfield Photography [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      most excellent!

    4. Cajunspice 35 months ago | reply

      Outstanding !

    5. sirwiseowl 35 months ago | reply

      Please consider joining and adding this excellent image to the tabletop group at: www.flickr.com/groups/creative_tabletop_photography/

    6. me-graphy 35 months ago | reply

      awesome capture :)

    7. Redzenradish Photography 34 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone! I appreciate your comments.....

    8. Evangelina M 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful & clever.

    9. SpinalFudge [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

      Wallace wasn't a morning person, was he.

    10. Redzenradish Photography 34 months ago | reply

      Well, perhaps not in this stanza, but in the beginning of the poem he extols the virtues of "Complacencies of the peignoir, and late/ Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair" so perhaps Wally's more of a late morning kind of guy.

    11. PKJones 34 months ago | reply

      I tried this but just couldn't capture it the way you have...keep up the good work.

    12. SpinalFudge [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

      Late morning guy, eh! Hmmm... I must say, I'm having trouble with this poem, and the more I read about it (as opposed to reading the thing itself), the further away it appears. I get that it's about paganism, or neo-paganism. Wally said as much himself, whilst seeming to brush aside the deeper interpretations of critics, which kind of suggests he had another agenda that isn't immediately apparent, except to himself (a common trait amongst creative types). What bothers me most is how hopeless the female voice seems to be in the face of the male's logical certitude; perhaps that says more about the time it was written, when women's views were more likely to be supportive of, or adjuncts to a male perspective. Her apparent inability or unwillingness to let go of prescribed beliefs and observances would, in a modern context, seem more apropos to men.

    13. billentete 34 months ago | reply

      very good picture !

    14. 23 Photography by Sharon Farrell 34 months ago | reply

      Wallace Stevens is a fave of mine. This marriage of words and imagery is spot on.

    15. spelio 34 months ago | reply

      A nicely composed and thoughtful shot!

    16. Rhisiart H 30 months ago | reply

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