Despite my previous catching up attempts, I am now 5 days behind with the Lenten photographs, due in part to a sore back.
The words I have missed are: listen, quiet, breathe, reflect, lost. Perhaps they can all be found in just one amazing Canadian Sunset? Last summer at Gooderham Lake ON.
Today’s word is silence.
My focus is on the silence of remembrance: my picture is the Dasher Memorial on Ardrossan Seafront.
On 27 March 1943, there was an explosion on board the HMS Dasher and 379 crew were lost to the sea. And every year, on Remembrance Sunday, we remember them in the silence.
A thoughtful piece as always from: New Kilpatrick Church:
It’s too important to leave remembrance
to the definitions of others
or the memory of war
or the excuses of society
You have to leave it to the silence
Silence doesn’t let you explain
nor does it let you say sorry
nor does it let you define it all
It just leaves you with all the undefined and disorganised rawness:
the confusion and anger
the pain and loss
the unanswered questions
so that we hardly know how to respond
this can be the only real way to be genuinely moved
by the cost of every war
and while we stand in all our dignity
inside there is a chaos of images
and a tangle of questions
that makes us wonder what we do
that is only right
If we knew what it is we do
if we really knew
and if we understood why
we wouldn’t be silent every November
We wouldn’t need to
Today’s beautiful picture is a view of Ailsa Craig taken from Prestwick Beach, by Brian Johnstone.
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new.”
Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.
Rainer Maria Rilke, from “First Poems”
(Photo found on Facebook, no credit)