At the Edge of Sweet Sanity

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© Pamela Haberman
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UploadedJuly 13, 2011
TakenJanuary 3, 2006
Exposure5/994 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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All summer
I wandered the fields
that were thickening
every morning,

every rainfall,
with weeds and blossoms,
with the long loops
of the shimmering, and the extravagant-

pale as flames they rose
and fell back,
replete and beautiful-
that was all there was-

and I too
once or twice, at least,
felt myself rising,
my boots

touching suddenly the tops of the weeds,
the blue and silky air-
passion did it,

called me forth,
addled me,
stripped me clean
then covered me with the cloth of happiness-

I think there is no other prize,
only rapture the gleaming,
rapture the illogical the weightless-

whether it be for the perfect shapeliness
of something you love-
like an old German song-
or of someone-

or the dark floss of the earth itself,
heavy and electric.
At the edge of sweet sanity open
such wild, blind wings.

~Mary Oliver
From The Rapture

12 responses

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (13 Jul 2011):

    Dramatic, love the color and texture!

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2011):

    another stunner! where were you?

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    Breathtakingly beautiful, image and excerpt from "The Rapture"

  • Pamela Haberman

    Pamela Haberman said (14 Jul 2011):

    In the mountains between Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    So raw it hurts! I really get a somatic response from this.

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (18 Jul 2011):

    hea foto-tabatud väga hästi

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (24 Jul 2011):

    Stunning. And how can you go wrong with Oliver? A wonderful pairing.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (26 Jul 2011):

    Gorgeous capture!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful capture and words !


    MARCO MEYO   gave props (5 Nov 2011):

    Bellissima!!.......dramatic... incredibly beautiful image!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (20 Apr 2012):

    A W E S O M E ! ! !

  • David Delannoy

    David Delannoy gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    super léger !! David

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