Life’s comforts, or: Crushing conditions

A shadorma

loving lights
local loyalties
life's comforts
clear contrasts
to stormy circumstances
crushing conditions

โ€˜What do you seeโ€™ Prompt #142

For Sadjeโ€™s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below as inspiration for writers to produce art.

Image credit:
Aleksey Kuprikov @ Pexels

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

53 thoughts on “Life’s comforts, or: Crushing conditions”

    1. ๐Ÿ’™ Lakshmi ๐Ÿ’™ ~ I’m so glad – it’s a really fun and easy form to use! And I find something very elegant about it…


  1. I’m going to go out on a limb here… The dog looks much less comfortable and definitely not having a great time despite the smiling woman’s reassurances (patting it head). The crushing circumstances are obviously what the dog is focused on while the woman seems oblivious! This is a vivid view of an optimist trying to comfort a realist!

  2. The waterfalls are in harmony
    With the lady stroking her handsome innocent puppy
    I see no ๐Ÿ™ˆ contradictions at all.
    Lol. The shadorma tried, but I am afraid, I cannot see what the poet sees, at all. There is no storm there, just a rushing waterfall.

    One must admit, a mural in creative excercise.

    1. I see a powerful waterfall that could crush somebody standing in it and a woman with a dog far enough away from it to be safe. Even at that distance, however, the logs they’re standing on and leaning against are soaked by the sheer force and reach of the waterfall.

      1. But they seem to be familiar with their territory and quite enjoy hanging out with the waterfall. It might have rained during the night hence the logs are this wet, unless the river overflowed and flooded the dry land.

        1. sure – we go through much of our lives contentedly, blissfully unaware of the terrible dangers to our lives at every turn… but we could be snuffed out by the universe at any minute.

          1. Still, to be contented, also blissful are just silent inner peaces which are good for the day to day living, so when the wind strongly blow and the storms rage, the inner foundation is rooted and humming, it is well with my soul
            Not to be taken by surprise when the walls come tumbling down, and the tetonic plates shift, times are a-changing inner joy smilesit is well, times are a-changing, once more.

    2. Also, I would add that the woman and her dog take up very little space in the photo – they’re tiny – almost inconsequential relative to the size and power of the waterfall behind them.

        1. it’s almost like there are two parts of the photo that draw one’s attention – the white waterfall and the white dog – one is powerful and huge and far away – the other is comforting and small and near.

        2. Where is the woman, I see only the dog, with my old eyes. She may have walked there everyday of her life and had never seen the water fall within the maelstrom of a terrible wind.

          1. Yes, it needs a closer look. You need to zoom in, your eyes are not as old as you think.
            Brilliant photography, the photographer drawing you closer.
            I hope the woman has a more heightened sense of awareness, than you suggest.

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