284/365

By: Amanda

Mar 31 2010

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Category: Canon400DSLR

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Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:800
Shutter:10 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL

Out like a lamb? Maybe…. 2010

Today I spent a couple of hours going over Billy Collins’ poem, “Water Table” with one of my students.
These pipes are outside a building in Po Wah Yuen in Yung Shie Wan on Lamma Island in Hong Kong technically a part of China.

The source is always interesting…

Water Table – Billy Collins

It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself
thinking about the enormous body of water
that lies under this house,
cool, unseen reservoir,
silent except for the sounds of dripping
and the incalculable shifting
of all the heavy darkness that it holds.

This is the water that our well was dug to sip
and lift to where we live,
water drawn up and falling on our bare shoulders,
water filling the inlets of our mouths,
water in a pot on the stove.

The house is nothing now but a blueprint of pipes,
a network of faucets, nozzles, and spigots,
and even outdoors where light pierces the air
and clouds fly over the canopies of trees,
my thoughts flow underground
trying to imagine the cavernous scene.

Surely it is no pool with a colored ball
floating on the blue surface.
No grotto where a king would have
his guests rowed around in swan-shaped boats.
Between the dark lakes where the dark rivers flow
there is no ferry waiting on the shore of rock
and no man holding a long oar,
ready to take your last coin.
This is the real earth and the real water it contains.

But some nights, I must tell you,
I go down there after everyone has fallen asleep.
I swim back and forth in the echoing blackness.
I sing a love song as well as I can,
lost for a while in the home of the rain.

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2 comments on “284/365”

  1. This may be weird…but I love this picture.

  2. perfectly beautiful Love


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