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Sadly She Watches

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 10 February 2012 in Cityscape & Urban.

Barbara and I walked through a local cemetery this past weekend, as we often do.
I was struck by the painful stories there.
There are also many statues that have been there for a very long time.
This beautiful one, was so old that spots of moss were growing through her weathered "pores!"
She especially touched me and inspired me to write the words below:

Sadly she watches
Over all who are here
Sadly she waits
for those yet to come.

She has been here for so long
with her gentle, quiet heart
Caring for all so deeply
even through her own pain

We give thanks to her
for all that she has done
This angel of Sadness...
...With a heart full of Grace.

Denny Jump - February, 2012

OLYMPUS E-510 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 100 51 mm

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We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

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::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

LauraS from Chico, United States

Beautifully written and lovely shot. I like your sentiments, Denny.

10 Feb 2012 6:26am

@LauraS: Hi Laura - Thank you very much - have a great weekend ;-)

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful statue. well seen. nice written. great found and capture.

10 Feb 2012 7:25am

@Lena: Thank you Lena - All the best :-)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Truly evocative words. You have a real talent. The shot is spot on too

10 Feb 2012 8:24am

@CElliottUK: I am vey grateful for your kind coment, Chris - much appreciated sir - have a great weekend!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A great tribute, to the statue and the cemetery, Denny.

10 Feb 2012 9:05am

@Gérard Beullac: Hi Gerard - thank you so much ;-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Like the 'stars and stripes' in the background

10 Feb 2012 10:17am

@Nigel: Thanks so much, Nigel ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is gorgeous; your composition is spot on and the light couldn't have been better! I like the long shadows and the muted colors against the clear, blue sky ... and then the flags pop out at me, as does the year, 1954. I could sit and look into this image for hours!

PS: If your ears were ringing just after noon yesterday, it was my doing. We connected with a Canadian cousin of mine who is in Florida this month. Her husband and Mike each enjoyed a Yuengling beer with their lunches and the waiter was quick to tell them that it was the oldest, continuing American beer. ;D

10 Feb 2012 1:50pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: No problem Judy - thanks very much for your really kind comments I really do appreciate them ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

PPS: Sorry for the repetition ... I forgot I wrote last night. ;D

10 Feb 2012 1:56pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: No problem dear! Be Well ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very poetic image and lovely poem to go with it, Denny.

10 Feb 2012 2:08pm

@Stephen: Thank you Stephen ;-)

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Beautiful words Mr J, love 'em. Nice photo too

10 Feb 2012 3:13pm

@Richard: Thank you so much, Richard..I am honoured ;-) You two have a wonderful weekend ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Such touching and delicate words that work wonderfully with this beautiful image. Nicely done, Denny.

10 Feb 2012 3:55pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks very much Jason - my best to you both!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Angel of sadness...lovely shot and poem.

10 Feb 2012 4:06pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks very much, Barbara ;-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wonderful image and very touching words. Thank you for your kind comment yesterday Denny you're a Gent

10 Feb 2012 5:14pm

@Doug: DOug I love you work - thank YOU very much for making the world just a bit better ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful composition for this cemetery the symmetry in the trees and love the earthy colors.
Very touching words Denny and a beautiful capture.

10 Feb 2012 6:31pm

@RBL: Hi Ruthie - Thank you very much ;-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful and heart wrenching image with beautiful words to accompany it! You have captured this with great dignity and tenderness! Well done Denny! ;-)

10 Feb 2012 7:22pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks so much Mr C - I really appreciate it...BTW, I hope your daylight hours are now increasing..ours are thank goodness ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great colors from the sky and flags that really "pop" in this barren landscape! The statue is highlighted beautifully from the sun. Thank you for sharing the verbiage!

10 Feb 2012 7:44pm

@Steven: Hi Steven - Thanks very much - it was a cold but very pretty day ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Hi Denny, That is a lovely poem and a beautiful image to go along with it.

10 Feb 2012 9:17pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks so much, Elaine - I hope you have a wonderful weekend ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful light

11 Feb 2012 12:06am

@john4jack: Thanks very much Jack...All the best ;-)

peggy n. from woodland, United States

Hi Den, this is such a great shot. To me, cemetery statuary always look so "quiet" and maybe sad. They surely have some secrets to tell --- if only they could. Loved the poem, too.
Love to you and Barb.

11 Feb 2012 1:22am

@peggy n.: Hi Peggy - wow, thank you so much l-) Barbara loves to walk through cemeteries and think about those who are there, their stories, their past, their situatoions...I have caught teh "bug" myself..and it is also a place where I can go and welcome my brothers in arms "home"...I love you both - thanks for writing you ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. Love the light.

11 Feb 2012 4:13am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sure magic in the heart with this one, Denny . . and, yes, that silent figure speaks volumes. And more sense than most of the Living, that's for certain.

11 Feb 2012 10:27am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful image... Beautiful words... So touching ! Have a wonderful weekend together with Barbara, all the best :)

11 Feb 2012 10:59am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


11 Feb 2012 5:49pm

Mike from California, United States

A moving scene accented by your copy...very nice Denny.

11 Feb 2012 9:19pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Lovely capture, beautifully framed and your words make it even more poignant

12 Feb 2012 8:28am

franz from Baden, Austria

so you're a sucker for cemeteries, too, right ?!?
aren't they very special places? i never forget to visit at least one when i travel, and i often visit them here on home turf as well. this is a particularly moving image, and the words you found to go with it do capture the essence of the place so well !!

12 Feb 2012 7:56pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

In one word, 'Stunning'.

13 Feb 2012 2:56am

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

La lumière est très belle et ton poème est superbe ! j'aime les cimetières contrairement à d'autres qui les fuient, c'est peut-être le coté "reposant" qui me plaît !

18 Feb 2012 10:58am

1/160 second
ISO 100
51 mm