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June 8th, 2012

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05:57 pm - Beauty, plus Meme
It's been a hard day for friends of mine, and I send good thoughts to them and to you all.

To balance the sad or dark, eight things of beauty I've seen on this 8 June:
*a cardinal perching on a rotting stump in my backyard, intensely red against the grey
*a still dark puddle become ripples when a single drop of old rain falls from an oak leaf above
*a blue vase reflecting candlelight
*Spanish moss dancing in a thunderbreeze
*rainlight through a north window
*coral vinca spilling out of an old pot
*a freshly mown square of green in a gravel frame
*a spiral path made of different-colored bricks

Perhaps less beautiful, I'll play the meme via gwynnega=
1) Go to page 77 --or 7!-- of your current ms.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines--sentences or paragraphs--and post them as they're written. No cheating.

From the ongoing wine-country project, page 7, line 7, an excerpt:

Here she kept a stone pot filled with the earths from the Dia Vineyards land, a handful from each section; next to it was a stone bowl filled with rainwater. Here, too, she kept two ritual candles. She lit these now with a good thought. Then she dipped her hands in the rainwater, curved wet fingers around the pot, and whispered, “Blessings on all that passes, blessings on all that stays.”

Her tongue burned, just for a moment, and her fingertips ached. Hurt was coming, whispered the stones, hurt was coming, and everything always could be taken away.

“Root and rock and rain, blessings on all that passes, blessings on all that stays,” Jenn said aloud with power, envisioning the fall of dirt through loose fingers, envisioning green in a wash of February storm.


May you have beauty even in the hardest times, may there be sweet in the bitter.

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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
A beautiful, evocative excerpt!!

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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Gwynne! And thanks for the meme prompt, too. :-)

Cheers and a good Friday evening to you! [hugs]
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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Your writing is so... I was going to say "visual", but it really hits all my senses, so I'll go with evocative.

[hugs] and best wishes to your friends.
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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, A, for kindness toward me and others. I hope you get a chance to be kind to yourself this weekend.

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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Date:June 8th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, L, thank you. :-)

Happy weekend (with good footy), and hugs!
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Date:June 8th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Beautiful indeed! *hugs*
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Date:June 8th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks and beauty to you, C!

[hugs hugs]
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Date:June 8th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Very nice excerpt.
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Date:June 8th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you, T!

And have a great weekend. :-)

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