Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Tickling disease
And our nighttime cries
Cold sweat reminders
How invincibility dies


Kaycie said...

My two boys are living that little poem right now. The last thing they feel is invincible.

Are you still feeling a bit under the weather?

Sarah Hina said...

That house is heartbreaking.

Invincibility never dies, of course, because it never really existed. But I know it can feel that way.

Fevers in the night make us intimate with our deepest vulnerabilities. But I hope you're feeling a little stronger every morning, Jason. :)

Aine said...

It's getting a bit chilly in here...

I still say that looks like the Hansel and Gretel cottage with a muggle-repellant charm on it.

Charles Gramlich said...

Such true words. We can all feel invincible when our health is good. But let that suffer and suddenly mortality is closer than we'd like.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Very chilling words...because they are true. Glad you are doing better. :)

Anonymous said...

Kaycie, so sorry to hear that! Please keep those germs off of you! Nothing is worse than nursing everyone just to fall victim to it yourself. (I'm finally getting back to normal. Thanks!)

Sarah, that house was quite a find. I turned up a dirt road and wound around through some stunning sights. And yes, you are absolutely right. I spent a good amount of time thinking about illness and its far worse forms over the past days.

Aine, isn't it strange to see an old structure like that still mostly standing?! Usually, I think fire destroys the wooden parts, leaving the stone to weather away.

Charles, such a sharp reminder. We would probably live our lives fuller if the lesson stayed more fresh.

Kaye, thanks. :) Yes, I've finally started eating again. I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll be back to normal.

YogaforCynics said...

What a wonderful photo...with invincibility dying kind of like Ozymandias...

Anonymous said...

Too true. Great photo.

Ello said...

Jason, The photo is amazing! I love it! And perfect for OCtober! It's kind of like the house from Blair Witch project. I had to read the poem a couple of times to really see the connection to the image and I think it is about nightmares, at least that is my interpretation. But I think thi is an instant where the power of the image stays with me longer than the words. It's just such a great shot! I'm jealous that you took it! ;o)

Geraldine said...

My first comment went pooof!!!!

Hope you are back to feeling well Jason.Not good to read that you are suffering through another bout of this nasty illness.

Take care, Hugs, G

Anonymous said...

Yogaforcynics, I like how life itself seems to be draining from the photo.

Aggie, thanks. :)

Ello, thank you! I've seen a fair number of ruins around Pennsylvania, but rarely one so intact. It's rather haunting. As for the photo, I nudged the colors to give it that diseased look with the reddish glow backlighting it in the forest.

Geraldine, thank you for the well wishes. :) I'm finally back to normal, I think.

Vesper said...

How invincibility dies - beautiful and heartbreaking...
It reminds me of a non-fiction book I once read about the island of Crete in the times of king Minos. There is a tomb on the island, supposedly belonging to god Zeus for, the author comments, in Crete the gods, too, as the humans, are mortal... I was very moved by this.

The photo is very interesting. Do you know anything about that house?

Remiman said...

I see a contest in that photo: just saying ;-)

The mind is invincible it's only the soma that wavers.
Hope your mending.

JaneyV said...

Ah you have succumbed to the dreaded lurgi too. I spent 5 days last week aching and shivering. Hope you're feeling well now.

That's a great photo - very atmospheric. It's got Horror Movie written all over it.

Anonymous said...

Vesper, much pathos in that sentiment. I can see why you were captivated. Thank you for sharing that.

Remiman, a contest photo?? Hey, you may be right. Lots of good ideas in that one. :)

Janey, sorry you were sick too! Gaaa. What a nasty illness. Not looking forward to the next time.