Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

My place in this world has changed many times over the years. Growing up, my place was in my room. It’s where I’d go when I wanted to be alone or to do my homework or where I was sent when I was in trouble! After the birth of my daughter, my place was by her side providing constant care and an abundance of love until I realized she needed her own place too, which was – at times –  without me. These days, my place in this world seems to be outdoors! I especially enjoy time by the creek on a sunny day when I can see the reflection of sky on water. Right now, my place is appropriately here–somewhere between heaven and earth!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

A Turn of the Crank

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Deep into ever-dimming light

where dampness dwells on the walls

of what seems a bottomless well,

sinks an old wooden bucket

attached by heavy rope

to a crank turned with ease

by his big strong hands.

Down, down in the murky shadows

the bucket magically fills

with water before he hauls it

out of the darkness and into the light.

The bucket arrives full of clean, clear water

glistening in the sun where the reflection

casts playful spots upon my face.

A ladle hangs, as it always does,

from a hook beside the crank

which he dutifully dips into the water.

Carefully, as though the contents were a prize,

he brings the tarnished ladle to my lips

for a sip of sparkling cold refreshment.

This is how I remember it… decades ago on Grandpa’s farm.

My response to today’s one-word prompt: Crank

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

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On the main waterway into central Stockholm, Sweden, is the sculpture Godfather on the Arch of Heaven.

This unique sculpture stands 18 meters (60 ft.) high. It shows a naked God balancing at the end of a curve, hanging stars in the sky that were tossed to him by an angel at the base of the sculpture. The design has water cascading from the tip of the sculpture into the river and represents artist Marshall Frederick’s belief in eternal life. The Holy Spirit, like water, descends to the earth and then ascends to the sky again in an eternal cycle.

I took this photo in June, 2012.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve