The Importance of Being Alive

I love light, I always have. The camera is a great tool that keeps me alive to light's rich power and subtleties.

I am not by nature a studio photographer, but spend long hours chasing light in one form or another. Once in a while I am fortunate to come across a scene that overflows with beauty.

I have experienced an outpouring of creative energy over the last four weeks. I've taken many photos, produced artwork, written poetry, and started to work on my music once again after far too long a pause. It is a place I feel most alive. I've presented a photo and a poem that form part of this growing body of work below.

It has always been the same for me - I have a burning need to share, but perhaps at times I do so far too quickly, and with such intensity, I distance those I wish to be most close...

Under Sky of Blue

Under Sky of Blue

In This Uncertain Land

This tree,
In rippled water stands,
Under sky of blue,
Hold firm your ground on this uncertain land.

The lush of green and vibrant life,
In rain and shine, in sun and snow,
The rush of wind in dark and chill of night,
Under moonlit, pinprick starlight glow.

This tree,
On borderland of brush and moss,
On forest edge where fawn and foal in friendship cross.

And then one evening as the ember of the sun departs,
At dusk, a bird unknown arrives,
Her song as sweetest music to the heart,
Her flight, a dance of beauty settles light,
Her soft and gentle wings to rest.

And from that moment on,
Each week,
When bird would come to sing and soar upon the wing,
The tree felt boundless happiness,
Deep and overwhelmingly within.

Under sky of blue,
With scent of pine cone fresh,
On softest breeze of landscape rare,
Bird sings upon a weightless branch,
Her songs fill far and wide this cherished air.

This place,
Once more alone,
In rippled water stand,
Under sky of vivid hue,
Hold close my life in this uncertain land.


Mike de Sousa
October 2012

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