When Earth Paused Her Breath.
Have you ever felt
The Earth pause her breath?
Felt her pulse beneath your feet –
So deep that it made you miss a step.
That not a single grain was lost.
We tend to forget
That we are guests
Living on a thin crust
Far deeper than our imagination.
There is no hostility there
A gentle fury
(Maria Lehtman 2014, Spain)
Earth is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. And yet, also the most difficult one to capture. How do you define a sapphire globe hurling at ca. 30 kilometers per second across space with its complex ecosystem like an intricate multidimensional web?
How can you capture all the beauty, violence and constant evolution in a single image, a phrase or even an entire book?
For twenty-five years I frequently traveled between home and different destinations around Europe and further out. I was exhausted by the security checks, but never tired of the destinations. Oceans filled me with the tranquility that not even the quiet forest lakes were able to provide.
I collected stones. Back then no one weighed the extra luggage, so my husband’s surf bags had a little something from every beach we visited. Beautiful round stones that are still decorating my garden and the interior of our house.
Something about the limitless blue horizons always fascinated me. As if you were standing at the edge of two worlds – one reflecting the other.
There are no words to describe how strange it seems that this should be our time. The time when once again life is at a brink of its existence – whether we realize it or not. We are changing many things, and many changes are upon us. And yet, some of the most important ones are left undone.
I respect Mother Earth not having shaken her little guests off her surface long ago. I imagine she knows that in the scale of the universe, we are mere infants. Someday we may understand how it all comes together.
- Post dedicated to the Earth Day.
Ref. Weekly Photo Challenge of The Daily Post: Earth