The Charm of It
Today, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite poems, which I memorised during my first term of college and that has stuck with me all these years.
- “Just Once” by Anne Sexton
Just once I knew what life was for.
In Boston, quite suddenly, I understood;
walked there along the Charles River,
watched the lights copying themselves,
all neoned and strobe-hearted, opening
their mouths as wide as opera singers;
counted the stars, my little campaigners,
my scar daisies, and knew that I walked my love
on the night green side of it and cried
my heart to the eastbound cars and cried
my heart to the westbound cars and took
my truth across a small humped bridge
and hurried my truth, the charm of it, home
and hoarded these constants into morning
only to find them gone.
It also provided the inspiration for the name of my new photography blog. I’ve been wanting to bring more creativity into my life, and a photo-a-day project seems like the best method. Rather than inflict a bunch of photography posts on all of you wonderful readers, I’ve begun a new blog: The Charm of It. I’ll be posting at least one new photograph every day (haven’t decided yet if I’ll do more than that): they’ll probably be a mix of everyday life things with some more artistic/themed shots. I started it on Tumblr because the simplicity appealed to me, but I have no idea how about the social networking side. I might end up mixing personal photographs with favourite quotes, in a format similar to my bookish quotes feature, but right now I’m just doing simple captions. Please don’t feel obligated to follow me! This is a completely separate project from A Striped Armchair and book blogging, but I mentioned it on Twitter yesterday so I thought I should mention it here. Plus, today I posted a photo of Thistle, and I’ll take any excuse to brag on her. ;)
If you’re also a fan of photography, any online resources/sites/blogs/etc. I should know about? And if someone wants to explain the social side of Tumblr, I’d be grateful!