Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Take Hold

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes.We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.

~Sylvia PlathΒ 


31 responses

  1. wonderful combination, Robyn

    May 22, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    • Pleased you enjoyed it Dean! Thank you.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      • always welcome..

        May 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

  2. I never looked at mushrooms in that way before. Very interesting poem and is nicely paired with your photograph. Thanks for sharing!

    May 22, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    • πŸ™‚ thank you one life! No never quite did either ~ amazing what the camera can provide!! Most welcome always…

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  3. I have never seen this poem by Sylvia Plath before – so perfect for this wonderful photograph.
    I can see your blog as a book!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    • Thank you Julie… the poem is entitled “Mushrooms” and there is lots of analysis as to what it is really about. Here is one discussion you might be interested in…http://www.postpoems.org/authors/cynosure/poem/905189
      Sending Love to Australia today!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    • Oh – and you are too kind to envision a book for me… really? I am just approaching this as healing therapy for now – but maybe one day πŸ™‚ You on the other hand…. “Love Story” has all the elements of a best-seller ~ did you start a separate blog for it yet? xo

      May 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

  4. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful words to go with your stunning photo, Robyn.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    • Thanks so much Victoria… I’m so glad you liked it… means a lot!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

  5. Lovely, Robyn…great pairing…there’s so much to see wherever we look…

    May 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    • Thanks Meryl… so true! This was a day I had no intention of taking photos and spotted the mushrooms “taking hold” in my front yard under the weeping willow πŸ™‚

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

  6. braunrcb

    The poem is perfect for the photo.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Thanks so much Renee… yes – was excited to pair them together πŸ™‚

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM

  7. I just got up a while ago and read this three times. Like the low-to-the-ground viewpoint. of the mushrooms.:)

    May 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    • Thanks Jane.. I read it over several times too…and dug up various analysis of it just to obsess some more πŸ™‚ I posted a link above … here again http://www.postpoems.org/authors/cynosure/poem/905189 Really loved the poem alongside the photo. Yes – VERY low to the ground — gave a cool perspective πŸ™‚

      May 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

  8. I always enjoy seeing and reading your blog.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    • Thanks so much for that Jeb…feels really good to hear that from you πŸ˜‰

      May 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

  9. Robyn, the words travel and bounce in the universe, words of a poem, a picture of you, the simple image fungus but it says a lot. Thanks for sharing.
    AdiΓ³s mi amigaΒ‘

    May 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    • Thanks so much Carlos. I like your poetic comment a lot — “words that travel and bounce in the universe”. Yes – simple image these of this fungus – but a lot of feeling there — So glad you liked mi amigo!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

  10. Wonderful photography -thank you Robyn πŸ™‚

    May 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    • Appreciate that Cynthia. Means a lot considering they are merely mushrooms πŸ™‚

      May 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

  11. How did you ever find such a perfect poem for this picture? Each can stand alone on their own merit…together this is a feast for the senses. xox

    May 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    • To be honest Jeannie, I was familiar with Sylvia Plath but had not ever seen this piece. After a day when I was not well enough to do much in the way outings for photography, I got down on the grass in my front yard and shot these mushrooms — not thinking they would amount to much. When I saw the image I LOVED it – and searched “mushrooms” on google only to discover this poem. Was a match made in heaven (and a favor from the universe I thought). I’m so glad you were able to enjoy the ‘feast’ too πŸ˜‰ Thanks you for your delightful comment – as always! xo

      May 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      • See what happens when we take a different tack? LOL I’d not read this poem before either. I think I need to remedy that and read more of her poetry. Was today a better day for you? I hope so.

        May 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

  12. My daughter was a huge Sylvia fan in high school. I may also need to give her work more attention. This was brilliant. Thanks for asking about me Jeannie… I had a surprisingly good weekend but since returning from all the action, in Boston – not maintaining my gains. Will be consulting a new specialist next week hopefully….would love to remedy this one way or the other πŸ™‚ Appreciate your thoughtfulness Jeannie! xo R

    May 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

  13. such talent! i look forward to following your blog!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    • buckwheat, So pleased you feel at home here… welcome and thank you kindly πŸ™‚

      May 23, 2012 at 1:08 AM

  14. i love the pairing here Robyn, and it looks like a view a grasshopper may have …
    when thinking of mushrooms, my stomach growls because they are so good on pizza …
    best wishes to you as always:)

    May 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    • LOL! I do love to eat mushrooms as well ~ on anything really. Yes – I turned into an adorable grasshopper to get the perfect shot for this post πŸ™‚
      So glad you enjoyed -it was worth it then!!

      May 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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