Five Senses


Thank you Sally, my Sydneysider friend, for introducing me to Australian poetry and literature. Here is a shared favorite. 

 

Five Senses  

by Judith Wright

                   

Now my five senses
gather into a meaning
all acts, all presences;

 

 

Twilight, Harbour Bridge

Twilight, Harbour Bridge

 

 

Cloud Dreams, Byron Bay

Cloud Dreams, Byron Bay

 

 

and as a lily gathers
the elements together,
in me this dark and shining,

 

 

Trunk Sinew, Botanic Gardens

Trunk Sinew, Botanic Gardens

 

 

Blooming, Botanic Garden

Blooming, Botanic Garden

 

 

that stillness and that moving,
these shapes that spring from nothing,
become a rhythm that dances,
a pure design.

 

 

Tranquility, Blue Mountains, NSW

Tranquility, Blue Mountains

 

 

Sunset and Trees, Blue Mountains

Sunset and Trees, Blue Mountains

 

 

While I’m in my five senses
they send me spinning
all sounds and silences,
all shape and colour
as thread for that weaver,

 

 

Geometrics, Queen Victoria Building

Geometrics, Queen Victoria Building

 

 

On the Vine, Hunter Valley

On the Vine, Hunter Valley

 

 

whose web within me growing
follows beyond my knowing
some pattern sprung from nothing-
a rhythm that dances
and is not mine.

 

 

Links and Art, Sydney

Links and Art, Sydney

 

 

Artichokes, Sydney Market

Artichokes, Sydney Market

 

 

Flat White, Sydney

Flat White, Sydney

 

Judith Arundell Wright (31 May 1915 – 25 June 2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. 

 

 

Categories: City Scenes, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, Sunrise, Sunset, TravelTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

33 comments

  1. #Stunning Captures of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley. I lived close by for a few years and Loved Sunday drives throughout the region!

    #GreatMemories

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    ML
    x

  2. Lovely intertwining of verse and photography Jane, well done. Love the colors in “blooming” that and the artichokes are my favs.

  3. Awesome stuff Jane. I haven’t had my morning espresso yet so the last photo really stood out for me but they are all fantastic. Have a great day

  4. WOW…quite spectacular photos….loved blooming & tranquility especially…..great EYE!!!

  5. Haha, am I the only one who noticed that your cloud looks like an angler fish, sharp teeth and dangling light included?

  6. Loved the combination of the poem and photos. Great tribute to Australia.

  7. Hi Jane – here are some other interesting Australian poets: Les Murray, Robert Gray and Lisa Gorton (a newer, younger poet). Also check out Chris Wallace-Crabbe. Enjoyed your photos!

  8. Great shots, Jane. I recognised the Sheoak trees of Byron Bay almost immediately. I believe I have a similar shot somewhere in my collection.

  9. On the next plane!!!! Great shots … I don’t think I will look at my coffee the same,
    Safe travels my friend… I know this experience has just been grand!

  10. You need to do a book of market shots–all that gorgeous fresh food that you have captured over the years is a feast for all the senses. You are what you eat. Why not be fresh, colorful, and delectable?

  11. Revisiting all your Australia moments AFTER our trip gives them all new meaning for me.
    I yearn for another flat white, you just can’t get coffee here like they have. And the way they swirl the heart on top made me smile every morning. Great photos, as always, and such fun to see you DownUnder!

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