Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Mag - Seeking

Here's a thought, what if, Maya Angelou had asked Sylvia Path and Virginia Woolf out to lunch, would it have made a difference?

Of course, it's all hypothetical, because Maya was born and gone before she could ever join them for anything, and Virginia being born earlier, took her own life when Sylvia was only nine.

Still, what if?

"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; 
and I thought how it is worse, 
perhaps, to be locked in." - Virginia Woolf

"How we need another soul to cling to."
Sylvia Plath

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
Maya Angelou

Photo by Toni Frissell


"Everything, effects everything."
Jay Asher

and so it begins with-
One simple life 
Such a hypothetical 
how one's mind
stages bits and pieces 
of worrisome scenarios
so stark and unrelinquishing.

What if?
one could unlock 
those treacherous
tedious hours locked
in dripping sorrow
as if no hope to borrow 
a new tomorrow
would ever exist
plays over and over
 in their mind.

What if-
our avenues lurking
lost within the shadows
of circumstances 
intently toying upon 
over and over
our emotions-

What if?
perhaps just a cup of tea
offering between friends
such an element
of complexity
in human nature
be it ever so humble to
disturb sorrow
one's will, one's life
to lighten one's load
by joining
the laws of attraction.
Burn those lingering
filled hours.
 a way out.

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.  Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest." Maya Angelou

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
Maya Angelou


eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful post. Lovely poem and thoughts! The Maya Angelou quote is my favorite. Enjoy your day!

Gail said...

You just blew me away! Wonderful.

I shall have to remember to be a rainbow.

Debbie said...

maya angelou said so many really wonderful things!! she was an amazing woman!! i will try to be a rainbow!!!

Berowne said...

Hours locked in dripping sorrow... Powerful writing.

Sandra said...

the answer to what if...nice !

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

There certainly is a nobility to seeking, but when one harbors no expectations of every finding any answers, they do not find any--even when the Answer finds (so to speak) them.

Jeanie said...

A fascinating thought and a most powerful poem.

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TexWisGirl said...

we're blessed to touch each others' souls just a little bit in blogland. :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Interesting quote from Virginia Woolf.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Well done, Karen!

Filip and Kristel said...

Great under water picture.


Elephant's Child said...

Powerful and beautiful. Too many rainbows are barely enough.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hard to say. In retrospect, it's always easy to say something like that would have made a difference. But hard to tell in the midst of mental angst like they must have been.

Grace said...

It would have been an interesting conversation among the ladies ~ And there's always a way out, I like the positive attitude ~ Have a lovely week Karen ~

Chandra Eswaran said...

That's one heck of a photo, Karen!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Kathe W. said...

what a lovely and loving thought. Sometimes a chance encounter can change another's life.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, we are not perfect, but there is always a way out.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Amazing post Karen.. I'm hoping to be the colour in someone's clouds tomorrow :)

Kutamun said...

What a cheerful gathering it would be ! .......

aspiritofsimplicity said...

your poem really got me thinking....i am sure I would rather be locked out.

Theresa Milstein said...

The first quote by Virginia Woolf perfectly matches how I felt about the picture.

I enjoyed this part best:
What if-
our avenues lurking
lost within the shadows
of circumstances

Rajlakshmi said...

Indeed. Beautiful thoughts there. Loved the quotes you shared.

Rajlakshmi said...

Indeed. Beautiful thoughts there. Loved the quotes you shared.

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely and thoughtful...I've never heard that Woolf quote...good stuff...

Helena said...

Simply stunning!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I loved the hope, courage and strength I felt in your total piece Karen! I loved your what if, to be a fly on that wall huh? I have been so busy with things that have pulled me offline but I am trying to read work. Just wanted you to know sweetie! Big womanly hug!