"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Listening For Silent Melodies

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To and fro,
He struggled with burdens.

All the while listening
To a silent melody
Which sang in his heart.
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An Die Musik

O fairest art how oft in troubled hours blighted,
When I am trapped and lost on life’s wild race,
Hast thou with love on this poor heart alighted
And flown it gently to a better place.

From thy sweet heart a sigh so often drifted,
A chord of blessed harmony and bliss.
Thou show’dst me heaven’s holy light uplifted.
O fairest art I thank thee so for this.

Franz von Schober  (1796 – 1882)

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Pictures taken in Cochin 

8 responses

  1. You’re creating art here, J, with this mix of of photography, words and music. And it’s lovely.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    • That’s more than generous, Glynn! My worry is that I lapse into self-indulgence..

      July 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm

  2. Yes! to what Glynn said so well … there’s so much life in what you share with us.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    • One of the unexpected wonders of India is that so much of life is “in the raw”. You see life as it is, not air-brushed, prettified or bowdlerised.
      The West is more careful to disguise its truths…

      July 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      • We do tend to whitewash fences, don’t we?!

        July 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

      • Here, we tend to paint them pink!

        July 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

  3. toniannealyn

    Why should you not be self indulgent? It is your space to write and record.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    • Yes, but I like to pretend there’s still a smigin of self discipline left in me!

      July 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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