Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home
(Extract from William Wordsworth – Intimations of Immortality)
Long ago, when the world and I were much younger than we are today, my grandfather sent me these lines in a letter that still exists, tucked away in one of my diaries. These few lines seemed to encapsulate all my beliefs, though Wordsworth’s vision of divinity may have been rather different from my own. This picture always makes me think of those ‘trailing clouds’.
Some who have responded to the prompt have seen a darker hue in the image, and Wordsworth’s poem captures that too:
The clouds that gather round the setting sun
Do take a sober colouring from an eye
That hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality
Poetry of this calibre can say what no other medium can; it suggests, illuminates and hint at wordless wonders that speak directly to the imagination and the heart.
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken when we visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, one January day. The tide came in, cutting the island off from the mainland and, being winter, we had the gift of wandering its shores without the hordes of summer tourists. We watched the sun set over the ancient Abbey and the sea in that perfect peace that is broken only by the cry of the gull.
Far from the world’s noise
A silver sea reflecting
Pilgrims watch the sun
A solitary moment
At one with all creation
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week. There were so many contributions that I could not reblog all of them, however, all the posts are listed below, so please click on the links below to read them and leave a comment for the author!
A new prompt will be published later today. I will reblog as many contributions as possible as they come in and all of them will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.
Pingbacks do not always come through… if you have written a post for this challenge and it does not appear in the round-up, please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will add it to the list.
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Many thanks to this weeks contributors:
a haiku in the comments from Joelle LeGendre
and one from me