Middle Ground

Middle Ground

Steel wool
the sun,
rubbing away
sharp, wiry rays
that sting winter
whitewashed skin.
Foot travel twists
gravel into trails
where voyeurs veer
past green grasslands,
prompting birds to
scatter as pollen grains.
A hilltop hosts giant
oaks which boast 
bulbous acorns and
busy squirrels,
hidden by shadow,
off-center inside
this tableau.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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14 Responses to Middle Ground

  1. Your words fuse with the picture as one.. and if I was blind I’d see what you see.

    • Thank you! What a wonderful compliment! Some people are purists: either they want just poetry or photography, but not both. They believe that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then let the viewer reflect on the picture to piece together their own perception. This freedom from text is noble, but it’s not the way I operate. Poetry complements the camera lens and gives credence to personal pathos and strength to actions and words. We all live under the same sun, so why shouldn’t there be a contextual connection to the way we remember and evoke memories? Just something to ponder. Hope you are having a wonderful day, my friend!
      Tyler 🙂

      • Thank-you for your wise words.
        If a poem alone can “evoke” memories, emotions, and images in the reader’s eye, as also a picture standing alone.. one would think when placed together a stronger message is relayed, or at least the potential is greater. I enjoy viewing through your eyes into nature, with camera and pen, and would love to follow.
        A good day to you too,

      • Thank you, Tara! I feel blessed to count you as one of my followers. As one of your followers, I admire your unique photographic perspective and the style you bring to poetry. Keep up the excellent work!
        Tyler 🙂

      • Your (being me) one of a thousand followers.. i’m sure all wonderful and unique in their own ways! Thank-you, I hope you enjoy my postings. Images, words, and “music” I use to remind myself the power of nature, love, forgiveness, and peace… and that our spiritual life is forever, not so much for the plight of the earth. Your blog however provides easy access for me into the detailed workings of nature and reminds me of the life within. Sometimes these little details that are missed are the most important. I’m glad to be apart of the following that picked up on this before me!
        Tara 🙂

  2. “Steel wool
    the sun,
    rubbing away
    sharp, wiry rays
    that sting winter
    whitewashed skin.”
    This is such a great image!

    • Thank you, Alice! Your kind words are much appreciated! For me, poetry is all about shedding light anew on perception, senses awash in a simple environment that radiates extraordinary moments. Your poetry is thought-provoking and full of great imagery as well. Keep up the inspired work on your blog! Hope you are having a great day 🙂

  3. Gallivanta says:

    It is a tableau; and a beautiful one.

  4. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    Never thought I’d say this, but blue skies are all about and I can’t spot a single cloud, how exasperating! If you have some cumulus in your corner of the universe, please send them toot sweet on a jet stream…

  5. Myaz_Nuggetz says:

    Reblogged this on Myaz_Nuggetz.

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