Tuesday, March 18, 2014

the soul takes pictures

“Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.”

- Anne Sexton

Altars of Light

If the light is the soul
then soul is what's
all around me.

It is you,
it is around you too,
it is you.

The darkness is inside me,
the opaqueness of organs folded
upon organs--

to make light in the house of
the body--
     thus to bring the
outside in,
     the impossible job.

   And the only place to become
the skin
   the border, the inbetween, where
dark meets light, where I meets

   In the house of world the
many darknesses are surrounded
by light.

   To see the one, we need
the other / it cuts both ways

   light on light is blind
   dark on dark is blind

   light through dark is not

   dark through light is movement
   dark through light becomes,
is becoming,
     to move through
light is becoming,

   is all
     we can know.


We're back to the soul again this morning, back to light, moving through it. 

Yesterday it was the laughing Buddha's turn to sit in the sun.

"The whole play of existence is so beautiful that laughter can be the only response to it. Only laughter can be the real prayer, gratitude."

- Osho

"Laugh because that is the purest sound.”

- Hafiz

When I see the light on my kitchen table in the morning, I can't help but think existence is beautiful.

What is it the soul wishes for when taking pictures of light, of a laughing Buddha? Just that, really. It's enough.


  1. The petals look like they are on fire. So lovely!

  2. Such a sparkling thought...about the soul taking pictures it wishes for. Everywhere evident in these photos.

  3. i have a little laughing buddha. he's carrying everything he owns in a bundle on a stick.
    he's the symbol of enough.
    he never fails to make me happy. just as he is.
    i love these pictures.

  4. Thank you all! The laughing buddha does have a way of making me happy, as well :)


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