13 Jun 2011

Meditation For Monday

Are these whorls
a shell's fingerprints?
Or only 
signs of time
spiralling beyond knowing
of either man or mollusc?

Which life force
teaches them to grow
according
to numbers
whose elegant mastery
creates their fragile beauty?

With thanks to Tess at Magpie Tales.

36 comments:

  1. wow! this is stunning:)
    "Or only
    signs of time
    spiralling beyond knowing
    of either man or mollusc?"

    brilliant!

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  2. The perfection is certainly a mystery.

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  3. This stunning I love the concept of the shell's fingerprints

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  4. Your work amazes me. I love the idea of a shell's fingerprints. Lovely

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  5. It is true. The smallest thing a door to the mystery of the universe. Beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful. I thought the ridges looked like fingerprints as well.

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  7. nature never ceases to amaze me. Stellar poetry

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  8. "Are these whorls
    a shell's fingerprints?"

    what an interesting question...

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  9. Wonders of the Universe, my friend.
    Pure Nature.

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  10. A lovely little meditation.
    So simple.

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  11. Stunning... yet very meditative. Simple lines carry so much within and between.

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  12. It's the last question you pose that led to my poem. When I could not locate an adequate explanation to how they formed those shells you describe so beautifully, I focused on the creature inside, and its carnivorous ways. LOL

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  13. insightful.
    that's what make your work stand out.
    :)

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  14. nice - noticing the smallest of details is a gift that few possess.

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  15. I could not find philosophy within myself today, but I'm so glad others, like you, could do it.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  16. Great description and reflection. Wonderful thoughts!

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  17. Absolutely love your thoughts here. More coincidence; I wanted to use the word "whorls", thought it was perfect, but it did not fit my final direction. Great use here and a wonderful poem!

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  18. The life force is all the same..as you so wisely show. This is as exquisite as the shell itself.

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  19. This is lovely-- i learned today that Darwin was stymied by the appearance of the crustaceans-- you might enjoy what Wikipedia has to say about shells..you and I had something of the same approach to the prompt-- xxxj

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  20.  ..shells are one of the most perfect forms of beauty for me… and i believe those whorls are God’s fingerprints…scattered in the ocean for us to be reminded every time we hold one…that we hold God’s hand as well and that His voice echoed from those shells singing love songs for us.. thank you for the reflection today… i really enjoyed reading your crafts…(:

    Brightest blessings.

    ~Kelvin

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  21. Luv it, well captured, thought provoking.

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  22. Very deep. Beautiful words to roll around the tongue.

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  23. I love that you touch on the mystery of the sea shell.

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  24. As always, a lovely poem including unique the photo close-up.

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  25. I so love the sea and its' treasures and your words give this image more than justice. Nicely done!

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  26. Love how you turned the shell
    Into a great write to tell
    Capturing the image well
    And making both just gel

    Enjoyed the read, nice one!

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  27. Quite profound my friend. Bravo!

    Anna :o]

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  28. That's a worthy meditation for any day!

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  29. Dear Jinksy: "Which life form teaches them" A very brilliant and stellar "spiralling" shell to teach us this! Wisdom found in these simple life forms amazes me.

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