The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

Tag: Hafiz poetry and photography

“Sculpting Light”

hstraube_2015_houtotaos_fieldhousenewmexico_139pix_1000long-4264

The
Difference
Between a good artist
And a great one

Is:

The novice
Will often lay down her tool
or brush

Then pick up an invisible club
On the mind’s table

And helplessly smash the easels and
Jade.

Whereas the vintage man
No longer hurts himself or anyone

And keeps on
Sculpting

Light.

*****

Photographer’s Note:

I have always loved this poem by Hafiz and its layered meanings.

The idea of an artist not giving up, quietly continuing to create, making images of beauty, even when an original project does not come out as anticipated. Always drawing from the depths of Soul, seeing and sculpting the light.

And in our lives – an encouragement for keeping on, through loss, change, the unknown.
A reminder of the Light still alive within, more miracles of life yet ahead to be created.

In happy times, and those of sorrow –  May you always see and sculpt the Light.

*****

Image: “New Road to Taos: Trust”
© 2016, Heidi Straube
Hafiz poem, “The Vintage Man”

You may also like:

The Photo-Poem Collection
Be
Photo of the Day

“The heart”

hstraube_capecod_firstencountersunset_2022014_web-6938

 

 The heart is a
thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with
Love.

– Hafiz

Image: “Love at First Encounter” 
Heidi Straube © 2014

From the collection, Cape & Islands, “Capturing God”

“Surrender…to You” (Hafiz)

hstraube_capecodboatmeadow_testplus30profilecorrectsaturation9web-4557

The
Closer
I get to you, Beloved,
The more I can see
It is just You and I all alone
In this
World.

I hear
A knock at my door,
Who else could it be,
So I rush without brushing
My hair.

For too
Many nights
I have begged for Your
Return

And what
Is the use of vanity
At this late hour, at this divine season,
That has now come to my folded
Knees?

If your love letters are true dear God
I will surrender myself to
Who You keep saying
I
Am.

*****

May 2014 be the year that you recognize the beautiful person that you are – and may you find your most graceful and vibrant ways of living that Being.

I begin this new year on Cape Cod, Massachusetts – in a house on the marsh, down the road from a beautiful beach in Eastham. This is my new nest for the winter.

As I deepen my creative, contemplative, and transformational practices, I invite you to share in the Spirit as it unfolds…in your own work, and with me.

Image: “Boat Meadow Beach at Sunset, Eastham, Massachusetts”
From “A Winter on Cape Cod” © Heidi Straube 2013

Poem: “Without Brushing My Hair,” Hafiz, translation by Daniel Ladinsky

Audio: Heidi reads “Without Brushing My Hair”

%d bloggers like this: