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Nothing Abides by paintingsheep



from the poem by Lucretius (99-55BC):

Nothing abides; but all things flow.
Fragment to fragment clings—the things thus grow
Until we know and name them. By degrees
They melt, and are no more the things we know.

Globed from the atoms falling slow or swift
I see the suns, I see the systems lift
Their forms; and even the systems and the suns
Shall go back slowly to the eternal drift.

Thou soo, oh earth—thine empires, lands, and seas—
Least, with thy stars, of all the galaxies,
Globed from the drift like these, like these thou too
Shalt go. Thou art going, hour by hour, like these.

Nothing abides. The seas in delicate haze
Go off; those moonéd sands forsake their place;
And where they are, shall other seas in turn
Mow with their scythes of whiteness other bays…..

and so this driftwood post does fade, the rusted chain will crumble,
and the beach itself is returning to the sea…

Imperial Beach, California USA

Dedicated to Ramesh…who knows about the recycling..

Featured: Creative Images
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  • lynn carter
    lynn carter12 months ago

    really love this piece Gena xx

  • patjila
    patjila12 months ago

    Love the textures structures colours all in one close up abstract Gina fave!

  • walstraasart
    walstraasart12 months ago

    Love the composition. Fantastic work Gena!

  • billfox256
    billfox25612 months ago

    Like the way you brought out all the different colors in the chain!!! An excellent capture!! Bill

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot12 months ago

    Great find, Gena! Love the title too!

  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carter12 months ago

    Great shapes and textures here, Gena :0)

  • lucin
    lucin12 months ago

    A grand gift you have offered up here. Photo and poem melt into each other.

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Betts12 months ago

    love the mixture of textures

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayvelt12 months ago

    great details and textures

  • Shulie1
    Shulie112 months ago

    Fantastic image, Gena

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