Vista #writephoto

vista

Photo by Sue Vincent

Looking down, all I can see are the chalk lines of my life.  There is a path of memory behind, and I can make out that there might be a path cut into the Earth ahead, but what does it mean?  An ant on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel will have more idea of the design than I.

But then, perhaps, I am more like Michelangelo, flat on his back, quickly applying the pigment to the chalk-white plaster as it dries all too quick.  Each stroke of the brush took into account all of the others, even if they were impossible to see.

But then, he knew where he was going, didn’t he?  Do I?

Perhaps it isn’t important to see this chalk drawing of life in its entirety.  Perhaps it is better to look out and search for the distant sea.  Perhaps it is best to understand the setting.  Perhaps it is better to drink in the fragrant summer air and enjoy the view.

Perhaps it is about the vista, not the ground below my feet.

Perhaps I need to look up, not down.

Perhaps.

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Written for Sue Vincent’s writephoto challenge.  The photo at the top is her photo-prompt.  She also provided the key word “Vista”.

32 thoughts on “Vista #writephoto

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is. And, as Marilyn said in her comment here, we need to be looking at and think about the NOW, not the past that is gone nor the future that has yet to exist.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      yes, the everlasting NOW does need to be celebrated. Planning for the future with eyes fixed on the past, too many miss out on life as it is happening…

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  4. Miriam Hurdle

    Great example of Michelangelo, Trent. I’ve seen a YouTube of a Chinese woman did a paper cutting of a wall piece, I would say at least 20′ x 30′ without a pattern. She did the whole cutting in one setting and it turned out awesome. It’s interesting to get inside of the brains of an artist.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Robbie. I;’d have to research it more, but I think they divide everything onto a grid. I also know that they make paper copies – I think they called them cartoons! – but I don’t know if the paper copies were full scale or not. But, yeah, it is impressive! And the large earth drawings? I have no idea…

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