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Poetry in Motion by Quinn Blackburn

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“Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist

“The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”
Brian Sutton-Smith, Contemporary American folklorist

“Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.”
Stuart Brown, MD

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” William Faulkner quotes

Children and Dogs are excellent Teachers for living in the now, and illustrating the joyful necessity of play in our daily lives. Play comes in an endless variety of forms, but I find those forms that include motion to be particularly captivating. There is something so incredibly jubilant and freeing about expressing ourselves through movement; running, dancing, gymnastics, yoga, martial arts, dressage, etc.

Without a single word being spoken, those who observe such activity can see the joy, the meditative abandon, the discipline, the confidence, creativity, and the vibrant awareness of the individual expressing a unique facet of self through their motions. We are inspired, and in many cases, emotionally moved by such expression.

I remember once being overwhelmed by the perfect Beauty of the sunset over the wind-tossed ocean. Without a thought, I found myself running full tilt along the wet sand, breathing in the ocean, the sun, the wind…. exhaling an absolute joy that could not be contained within, but demanded expression. Sometimes, we all want moments in which we can become poetry in motion.


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  • Kensoi
    Kensoiover 3 years ago

    :) Brilliant Capture & So True Quinn.
    Like Your Mention Also Of The Wind. I Had A Northerly Against Me This Morning On My Way Into The Gallery………..
    Boy Did I Come Back At Some Speed With That Tail Wind ……… :)
    Endorphins Are Free :)

  • Oh yes! Windy weather is my favorite. I love to push against it, or feel it’s strength buffetting around me. It makes canoeing a challenge when you are against it, and adds extra oomph when you are paddling with it. Endorphins Are free, an excellent point! :o) Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts! Always greatly appreciated! :o)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Poetry in motion – the perfect term

  • I usually think of horses galloping with that phrase, but the sentiment remains the same. So glad you enjoyed, and greatly appreciate the comment! :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thank you!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 3 years ago

    Great shot! Looks like they are having a blast!

  • Mingo Creek no-leash area is their favorite place to go. It is the Disneyland of puppydom. :o) So glad you enjoyed their fun, Karen! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment as well as view! Always greatly, and gratefully, appreciated :o)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    A great composition with a strong impact!

  • Thank you very much John, for the useful feedback! Greatly, and gratefully, appreciated! :o)

    – Quinn Blackburn

    WOBBLYMOLover 3 years ago

    looks like they having fun, lovely snowy shot!

  • good thing for us they aren’t white dogs, or we’d still be looking for them! :o) Glad you enjoyed, and thank you for taking the time to comment; always greatly appreciated!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot of freedom and play! Wonderful words! I love your writing!

  • Thank you very much, Angie! Greatly appreciated :o) So very glad you enjoyed both words and image!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    A wonderful shot!!

  • thank you Gena :o) they aren’t easy to catch while racing across the snow!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture Quinn!! So beautiful in the motion you’ve captured here! :O] xx

  • Thank you Tracy, greatly appreciated! :o)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    Just wonderful. Superb capture full of fun and vitality.

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