Friday, August 11, 2006

The Soul of Stone




Tears of lichen
Cried to the empty wind
Kneeling to worship
c.o.n.s.t.e.l.l.a.t.i.o.n.s
And the silence which has been.





(St. Paul the Apostle Cemetery, Delaware County, Hancock, New York)

17 comments:

Jaye Wells said...

Moving and beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures, Jason.

Bernita said...

A nice "epigraph," Jason.
Central statuary or an individual tomb?

Scott said...

Such an inspirational statue. Tears of Lichen. She makes me sad to look at actually--the neglect, the indifference to her suffering.

jason evans said...

Jaye, you're very welcome. :)

Bernita, thank you. These statues are about 30cm tall (see, I can do metric!) and flank the upper shelf of a single tombstone. Each is facing inward, looking up at the main stone.

Scott, they had the same effect on me. I actually tried to write a prose piece about the feeling, but I just couldn't get it to come out right. Instead, I opted for a simpler, more pure message.

Flood said...

I am reminded of what's going on in the world today and all the woman who moan and weep at the loss of members of their family.

I loved 'tears of lichen' too.

Writing Blind said...

Just beautiful, pictures and words both.

And I'm very impressed that you can do metric. :P

beadinggalinMS said...

beautiful moving words..

Melissa Marsh said...

Love these pics, Jason.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Absolutely beautiful Jason.

The Tart said...

Hushed whisper ... lovely haiku.

Smooch,
The Tart
; )

mermaid said...

'Lichen' conjures up an age that is before everything. Yet, your cells have a memory that are probably as old as some of the constellations out there.

If only blogger let you create your own constellation with the letters....

jason evans said...

Flood, yes, tears have a pervasive presence in the world today. Such sadness....

Writing Blind, hehe. I have to be sensitive to my Canadian neighbors (well, actually the rest of world. Gotta love the irrational English measurement system.) Thanks for the kind words.

Beady, thanks, my friend. :)

Melissa, they almost pull the happiness out of you, no?

Sandra, thanks so much! I love the retro avatar, BTW. :)

The Tart, thanks for sharing a quiet moment. =)

Mermaid, I wonder if your power to see behind my words will ever cease to amaze me. You probably knew instantly that I was trying to mimic the drawn lines of constellations amid a starry sky.

Jeff said...

Very nice, Jason. :)
In this I see a testament of continual faith and hope despite a world that crumbles around her.

Michele said...

Emotionally touching...as usual.
Every time I visit, your strength of words impresses me.

jason evans said...

Jeff, very fitting words. And very inspirational. Thank you. :)

Michele, it's wonderful to see you! Thank you for the kind words. :) I'm hopping over to pay you a visit.

September said...

Very touching. Beautiful.

jason evans said...

September, thanks so much. :) I love how each cemetery has its own unique character.