i-go-on-forever

I Go On Forever

Canon EOS 5D
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may comeand men may go,
But I go on forever.

I wind about, and in and out,
with here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silver water-break
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

– Exerpt from “The Brook” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

4 replies
    • lorenzemlicka
      lorenzemlicka says:

      Hi Steve – I hope you’re not near the fires!

      I took this photograph just after dawn… it was one of those mornings when the fog acted like a giant softbox with an amber-gelled strobe.

      Reply
      • Steve Schwartzman
        Steve Schwartzman says:

        It must have felt great to be inside that amber-gelled softbox. Your photo did a good job of retaining that feeling.

        Yes, I am near the fires, and I have at least three personal connections. One woman, a potter, had her beautiful house burn to the ground. A naturalist east of Bastrop (the worst of the fires) lost some of his outbuildings and a few animals but not his house. And at

        http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/fire/

        you can see a picture of burnt woods I took behind the house of friends who luckily escaped with only the loss of a wooden fence.

        Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>