Renewal

It is Born

Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning.

-Pablo Neruda

Let go, in order to begin anew. -tM

Motivating Force

Photography: Sri Lanka | Tom Parker

"We are all equal before a wave." Laird Hamilton

None of us are born into social equality with equal or ample opportunities, being born a human is respectfully all that we have in common really, even that very understood fact is questionable depending on what you were born into. The world is full of hierarchical inequalities. Those are our social constructs. But no matter how hard the system tries to separate us from one another in spirit, mind, and in physicality, mother nature is still collectively and jointly binding us together.

Perhaps we can take solace in the very significant fact that we are all equal before a wave, a blizzard, or the heat of a desert; nature takes no prisoners. None at all. -tM

 

At Home in the Ocean

Photography: tM | Port Antonio, JA | Frenchman's Cove

Photography: tM | Port Antonio, JA | Frenchman's Cove

I have a respectful relationship with the ocean. I fear its power and I never test its strength for that reason, yet I also find peace in that very power and in its ancient rhythm.

When you walk into the ocean you are living in another element.  Walking becomes increasingly difficult the deeper you go and sitting is pointless. You begin to move with her, allowing its waves and inner spaces of force to retreat you into silence. Even the reluctance you felt upon walking in to her arms has been coaxed to overcome its fear.

So you stay awhile, until you feel ready to emerge onto land, this time bringing the ocean with you, because you feel different now, as if you have returned from a dream. -tM

Resolute Strength

Photography: Unknown

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. 

-Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Remember your own strength. For we are stronger and more resilient then often times we give ourselves credit for. -tM

Fire and Water

Photography: Kat Irlin

I am overcome with a sense of nostalgia as I engage with this photograph. I have a friend who used to smoke in the ocean. The two acts seemed so contradictory to me (also because fire and water cancel one another out), and still do.

 I, however am overcome with a sense of calm when I look at this particular composition. It reminds me that like my friend, we should never compromise who we are. Thanks B, for the lesson.

-tM