From heart song to heart cry . . .

It’s that one photograph that should be savored,

should be fingered with the eyes,

cherished and framed, set on a wall,

a reminder of a tender life-moment.

It’s that one word, that one poem that should be food—

food for thought,

prickles for the mind, fare for the soul, preserved in a book,

contained in memory and heart.

But we have this greedy appetite to move on to the next, best, greatest thing.

We flit from piece to piece,

from heart song to heart cry

with quick whimpers and ah-ha’s and ooh’s and ah’s—

but then they are gone

with no foothold left,

no longevity,

no lingering breath of life.

And this feeble nourishment fails to satisfy

because fleeting fast food barely alights on our tired, thirsty souls.

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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18 Responses to From heart song to heart cry . . .

  1. randallslack says:

    Wonderful, as always. Debbie and I were just talking about what a gifted photographer you are. God has indeed given you a (many!) gift(s).

  2. melodylowes says:

    First, LOVE the heart. Great image to start with. And then such a pleasing and poignant way to explore the impermanence of and unquenched greed of our hearts’ deep needs. We seek to fill it with so many useless things… lovely piece.

    • Thanks. It’s like our consumer mentality bleeds over from shopping to art to religion to friends–all seem disposable, and I feel such loss in that.

      • melodylowes says:

        And tackling the loss rather than glossing over it with ‘religiosity’ is what the world needs, isn’t it? We do ourselves such a disservice to impart easy platitudes and deny what our hearts really need.

        • Yes. What got me thinking was that there are so many images and stories here and elsewhere to gaze at. And becasue we have so much access, we do flit about rather than sit for a spell and enjoy. I do the same. And we bring that same consumer mentality to our faith life as well. Translation after translation, web sermon, multiple services. It is easy to live distracted lives rather than to slow down and settle down, enjoy community, be a part of church and neighborhood and take the time to have meaningful connections.

        • melodylowes says:

          WE do tend to flit about in ADD mode, don’t we? We are missing out on so many levels. That is why I am enjoying this new venture into photography so much – I am seeing details that I never used to see! It reminds me to keep my eyes open, to slow down and enjoy the simple things. I wonder if Jesus would have enjoyed photography? 🙂

  3. dorannrule says:

    You have the gift of being able to see the small things that are really the bigger things in life, and helping us novices to see them too. Thanks Lilly.

  4. Interesting thoughts. I tend to think that a lot of our hopping from one thing to another comes of the conditioning of TV. Seems when folks live so much of the time in excitement, drama & suspense, the real world seems dull, so they constantly seek stimulation in new activity &/or change.
    Would Jesus have enjoyed photography? Hmm… Did Jesus need photography? Whatever pictures people would have showed Him, He would have already seen as reality. He sees the past, the present, the future, thus had no need to preserve any past events on paper. He can look in any trees and see any birds (that He designed “in the beginning”), etc. And He daily sees the reality of Heaven, such things as we can barely imagine.

    • I think if he enjoyed photography, it would be mostly to enjoy a shared pleasure with HIs loved ones. He doesn’t need anything, but wants us; thus, it’s possible He coudl joy in that. Interesting question though, huh?

  5. Shez says:

    “Seeing my whole life” is my experience. Even today people will ask, “What are you seeing? I don’t see anything.” Digital is amazing, we can even “show” them what we saw. Excellent. 😉

  6. taphian says:

    Wonderful and true

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