Seduction

April 7, 2014

National Poetry Month.7

Forsythia

Forsythia

What to write about? What to draw or paint?

“What we regard must seduce us, and we it, if we are to continue looking.”
— Jane Hirshfield, “The World is Large and Full of Noises:  Thoughts on Translation,”  Nine Gates Entering the Mind of Poetry

“Suffer yourself to be attracted.  It is vain to work on chosen themes.  We must wait till they have kindled a flame in our minds.  There must be the generating force of love behind every effort destined to be successful.”
— Henry David Thoreau, from Winter: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol 8, January 30, 1852

I think that what draws us in, what captivates our interest and attention, is something of a mystery.  The challenge for me, after photographing each season’s offerings for over five years now, is to keep looking with “new” eyes, to look closely enough for a fresh angle.

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Forsythia blossoms strung like beads on a necklace

Forsythia blossoms strung like beads on a necklace

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2 Responses to “Seduction”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I just wrote a post about some of this today. Seduction IS a good word for it. Alas, so is the pining if said seduction is only a tempting tickle, a wish thought out in the 3 a.m., night.


  2. Love the forsythia!


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