Look Down

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Alphabet Project

“D”

 Is for Descent into the Under World

Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso

We don’t really ever stumble upon our path to the Underworld- we each blaze a trail down to the very core of that darkness that some of us crave or need or find ourselves  the slaves too.

It’s such a small step to take- all we have to do is look down, fall to our knees and lift, push  or dig to find that door.

Are we ever surprised when we consider how easy it is to find ourselves there?

Yesterday I was walking through Pioneer Square in Seattle and I saw a lot of manhole covers- on the street, on the side walks- each of them inviting me to look down, to look at them and to consider

what it I would find if I were to lift one and descend.

Would I find the obvious? Or would I find something else?

I would hope to find ‘something else’

of course:

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

 

Chaos

Soul Food Cafe

Alphabet Project

C is for Facing Chaos

I’ve been circling around this project for a couple of weeks- I know, given the things I write about you’d think that writing projects that center on Chaos would be easy for me to jump into.

Odd thing is, every time I sat down to work on it two things happened.

First, I panicked.

Second, my thoughts on the topic became- chaotic.

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Despite my first reaction I’m going to jump into a pool of Chaos  because now it seems like a good idea. So I’ll go with it…

Photo A.M. Moscoo

I’m pretty sure the road you take while exploring Chaos doesn’t look like your typical path. That’s good, what this weeks work looks like is going to be wildly unpredictable- at least I hope it is.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

I know Chaos happens in nature all of the time- some say that the biggest storms in our solar system happen on Jupiter and Saturn. I see  what happens when nature fall into chaos when I cut through the woods while I’m out walking my dog after the wind blows to hard or it rains too much or somebody backs their truck up to the path and dumps their yard wasted into piles along the trail.

Still, Chaos is a natural state of being-even though the Universe  itself demands balance.

Do you know what would have happened if the gravity would not have been perfect when the Universe began? To much gravity? Not enough?

No Universe.

PHOTO: A.M. Moscoso
PHOTO: A.M. Moscoso

After we take our last breath, our death creates chaos.

With that this writing adventure begins.

amm

Nature V. Me

Inspired By

The Soul Food Café Prompt

B is for the Blade of Grass

Photo By A.M. Moscoso
Photo By A.M. Moscoso

I spent a lot of time out in nature this week-

I checked out a scummy pond and threw some rocks into it, just to see what would happen ( it smelled worse when the water broke, if you want to know the truth )

Then there’s brick and cement and high-rise buildings. I decided they’re as much of nature as myself or the big blue sky because they’re made of the Earth too- they’re just not the sexy version of Nature.

Photo A.M Moscoso
Photo A.M Moscoso

I told my friend about my week of making nature observations ( or as much nature as you can observe in the suburbs or Pioneer Square in Seattle Washington )  and my friend shared with me that his goal is to exist and not leave any trace of himself after he dies- he’s very much into the Green Experience.

I was horrified, why would you want the world to pretend you never existed? I said that if the Egyptians had felt that way at they may have told Imhotep that NO you can’t build that pyramid. He was one of the earliest Architects ever, modern builders learned from him.

My friend says the Earth would have been better for it.

My brain sort of exploded at that point.

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I was walking my dog over one of our favorite trails when I saw these chunks of concrete littering the hillside, they were all in the process of being over run by sticker bushes and Ivy.

The biggest chunks were devoured first and the smaller chunks hadn’t been over run yet.

I’m pointing this out because of what my friend said about not leaving a trace ofhimself behind so as to protect Nature.

From what I’ve seen, it does a pretty good job on it’s own.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

The Moon, Some Bugs and Weeds

INSPIRED BY THE SOUL FOOD CAFE PROMPT

B is for the Blade of Grass

I went out this morning with eyes opened, camera and notebook in hand and I was ready to observe nature.

Saw the trees, saw the moon saw some birds and I even saw some bugs.

I was in the middle of trying to decide which to pay attention to when I dropped my bus pass looked down and I saw nature, right there on the edge of my neighbors lawn:

Photo By: A.M. Moscoso
Photo By: A.M. Moscoso

It wasn’t a noble tree, an explosion of colors in a carefully maintained flower bed, it was a mole hill. A living creature made that, I don’t know how long it takes them to dig but they’re cute little guys and I hate it when they get picked off by cats.

Moles might not be anyone’s idea of wildlife and there little hills cause grief to people who love their lawns, but I admire those little moles.

They’ll dig up and bust out of the ground and once they do, they are so small and vulnerable I wonder why they bother to break through to the surface at all.

And then I think to myself- well, why the heck not?

It’s their world too.

Nature doesn’t believe in borders.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

I’ve been watching this Ivy crawling up this pole for awhile now- it’s been cut down, it’s been poisoned and my dog even grabbed it once and tried to run off with it.

Just when I think it’s gone, I’ll look down and I’ll see it down there hiding in the weeds and then- boom, it’s on it’s way up to the light.

I admire that.

Nature is tough.

Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso

I saw this man and his Bull Dog walking down the alley this morning-

Just a man and his dog taking in the air, the Sun, the gross smells from the garbage cans. In this moment they’re participating in nature- and there is nothing coming between them and the world around them.

Nature is supposed to be lived in, we are suppose to be part of it.

No matter where it is.

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Now You See It or You Won’t

INSPIRED BY THE SOUL FOOD CAFE PROMPT

B is for the Blade of Grass

Photo By A.M. Moscoso

I’ve decided that this week I’m going to pay more attention to Nature maybe take some pictures, take a stab and write a poem or two  about it, I’ll have to see what moves me I suppose.

I guess that taking in Nature is a lot like art appreciation. You can look at it from all the angles, you can study it, sit in the middle of it and soak it in.

Or you can ask, ‘what is this telling me, right now in this moment?”

Yesterday I took a couple of pictures- one of a lavender bush and a dead  tree that was carved up like a Halloween Pumpkin and given a face…I don’t know about you but that rubbed me the wrong way.

So after taking the pictures- of two living things that have been modified to be pleasing to the eye- I can’t imagine that they like it ( sort of like dressing up a cat or dog, though it does seem some of them do like that ) I decided to change them too.

I flipped through the app options on my camera until I got the pictures here- it was like an ah-ha moment.

It was like the tree and the lavender plants said, ” here we are.”

But really it’s more like I said ‘there you are.’

The tree and the plant came off in my pictures as un-real, a little unsettling, a touch macabre.

I’m hoping I see more of that this week.

It’s the part of nature I get.

amm

Photo A.M. Moscoso

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