"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, May 02, 2011

When times are tough..........

Photo by Eric Alder of Bifocal Univision http://bifocalunivision.blogspot.com/


You cannot make a wish
When times are tough
and you stand at the edge
with no where to go but down
just turn 180 degrees
and walk forward




Image courtesy of Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales
http://magpietales.blogspot.com/





A few weeks ago we watched


a documentary film entitled 180° South.
We were enthralled and inspired by the tenacity, strength of character
and quiet life philosophy of these people profiled in the film.
I still think about this film- hence this simple homage.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_Degrees_South:_Conquerors_of_the_Useless/

33 comments:

Jinksy said...

I like the connection you achieved between the two photos with your words.

anthonynorth said...

So very true.

verseinanutshell said...

I love it! Please join me in my May Poetic Challenge! Here are the links you will need.

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Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Well done, Kathe! And so quickly composed, too! It must have been quite the rush of inspiration.

Thanks for joining in M.M.P.P. :)

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Insightful and poignant!

~laurie

honeyhaiku said...

Fantastic connection! The words and eyes of a poet!

Kay L. Davies said...

Very well done. Very.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jingle said...

love it...

Glad to see you inspired.
A++

versebender said...

The first piece spoke to me of lost hope....the second of the perseverance to overcome...interesting juxtaposition. Vb

Margaret said...

I watched a trailer for it. I love his quote that they were "conquerers of the useless". And "The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life" I'll have to Netflix the movie. Thanks.

thingy said...

A very profound piece. Just beautiful.

brenda w said...

Resilience. Why do some people have it and others crumble?

KidDenverPoet said...

Can't argue with you. tue, true. Nice words and organization as well.

Henry Clemmons

Martin H. said...

You remind us of those heroic tales of lives turned around.

Tess Kincaid said...

A lovely notion.

cosmos cami said...

Weighty words.
I really enjoyed this.

Helen said...

... how very true.

Isabel Doyle said...

simple, strong and true

jabblog said...

Some films have the power to hold the viewer and return to the consciousness again and again. I like your reflection and your response.

Lyn said...

Tender advice..it's the only way to go...wonderful pairing of pictures..

Evelyn said...

Interesting...
Your take is always enjoyable.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent take

Anna :o]

Bee's Blog said...

Fine piece. Where do you get your inspiration from? Apart from the Magpie??!!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, so true! Nicely worded!

120 Socks said...

Great advice for us all, and so true.

Lena said...

Simply touching.

signed...bkm said...

very well connected and the documenty sounds interesting...the south is an amazing place...bkm

Everyday Goddess said...

Inspiring!

and you are right about the documentary, it was fascinating.

the woman from easter island was amazing too. such a soul!

paulandrewrussell said...

Nice words, Kathe. :-) All it takes sometimes is to look at things from a different perspective. I like this poem very much.

Carrie Burtt said...

Love this Kathe....we could learn a lot from history and those that faced such adversity. :-)

ds said...

Love the juxtaposition--and the truth of it. Will have to check out the film. Thank you!

Janice said...

Inspirational words and photos, Kathe.

Lydia said...

Fantastic homage and it makes me truly wonder what country the people in the documentary were from...