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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Imagine. . .

I saw this, actually very small, peace sign painted on a boulder at the edge of someones property while I was out walking yesterday. It called me from the road I was on and in spite of its size opened up a flood gate of memories of coming of age in the late sixties. While I was taking the photo someone drove by and gave me such a quizzical look asking, 'who has the time to take a picture of a rock anyway?' This little emblem means something different to each person that sees it, but it will always mean imagine to me.
I recently found this Marc Chagall painting at the MIA called 'Poet Dreaming.' So I'm adding this image to today's ABC Wednesday letter 'I' as well.

In his book In Beauty, John O'Donohue shares that "the imagination is capable of kindness that the mind often lacks
because it works naturally from the world of between;
it does not engage things in a cold, clear-cut way
but always searches for the hidden worlds that wait at the edge of things."
—Barbara Biziou


Visit ABC Wednesday hosted by Mrs Nesbitt where the letter 'I' is highlighted. You'll be glad you did. Join in anytime.

18 comments:

Manuela said...

That's a lovely painting by Marc Chagall.

I watched "The Man Who Cried" for the first time a few months back and really enjoyed it.

Aileni said...

That was the symbol used by the British anti-nuclear bomb campaign.
I believe the imagination is the most powerful tool we have.
Our Inishfree isn't Yeats' @Lake Isle of Inishfree' which is in Sligo.
Ours is a sea island in Dungloe Bay, Co. Donegal. The name means Heather Island.

Bear Naked said...

Very imaginative post and images for the letter I.

Bear((( )))

RuneE said...

A very relevant I(magine)!!!

Highly memorable for us of that generation.

Manuela said...

You know, I just couldn't imagine chocolate chips in this bread--it's just too good by itself! (I even bump up the spices a bit because I love them)

But, too each their own--let me know if you go the chip route :)

Reader Wil said...

The symbol was used by the members of the peace movements during the cold war. It means stop the armsrace and specifically the nuclear armsrace. We all wore those badges at the time.

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

I've gotten that quizzical look from passersby, too -- and I'm learning to laugh instead of feel my defensive (teenage) angst. It's good to pursue your vision!

photowannabe said...

I can only Imagine.....
Perfect choices for ABC Wednesday.

The Mulligan Family said...

I love that! The Peace Sign and Imagine go hand in hand for me too. And thanks also for sharing the Chagall.

Jay said...

Now, I would be right there with you, photographing rocks, stones in the road, interesting graffiti etc. I think I'm famous around here as the madwoman with a camera!

I like the quote! Thought-provoking post all round!

Dragonstar said...

Perfect! I have the song in my head now.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

too bad peace wasn't as solid as a rock in this country and others.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I love the peace symbol as well and I too would have stopped to snap that photo regardless of other people's stares!! Great post!

Powell River Books said...

I too grew up in the 60s. It was an exciting time that made us all think and imagine the possibilities of a better world. Recently I had someone term my current lifestyle living off the grid as a "high heel hippie." Not sure about the "high heel" part, boots are more like it. I invite you to come by and taste some of my homemade ice cream. - Margy

Miss_Yves said...

Thanks for your visit on my blog
I love your blog, your beautiful pictures and thoughtful comments, full of fancy, poetry and...
Imagination
Miss yves

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the imagination behind these two pics! And lovely comments!

Julie Schuler said...

I love Chagall. I wish my paintings could have that look of freedom.

mrsnesbitt said...

Whay a beautiful sentiment. The two images, together with the quotation are priceless. Thanks so muc.
Dx