"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Monday, 23 July 2012

The Monk & The Flame of Life

I've had just enough time to...   watch the flame dances.

Taken of the monk watching the flame of Life in the Temple of Shaolin

The monk stares at the flickering flame
Admiring its sensual dance of life
With the waltzing wind

As the pace picked up
The flame sparkles and frolics
Spin, sashay and gambol

Glitters, glistens and quivers
With rising passion
Consuming itself in its brilliance

And the monk wonders
Should he live Life as an untamed flame
Or an unlighted candle


  1. ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to his favorites.

    A 1000 Reasons
    On a cold Autumn morning, we drove to the temple of Kung Fu - the famous Shaolin Temple. On the way up the hill, we were amazed at the number of colleges which teaches Kung Fu as the main subject of education! Thousands of students!! They are mass producing Kung Fu figthers! We wandered through the hallowed ground of the temple looking at supposed feat of superhuman effort and endurance. But we were very disappointed at the Kung Fu show at the main in-door stadium. I've seen better in my own country. This is supposed be the Mecca of Kung Fu and they did it a big disservice by sending their best fighters overseas to earn hard currency. While those are home were the back-up team. Anyway, I made up my disappointment by some decent images that I like, like this of the monk looking at the flame. I'm not sure if I noticed the statue of the sleeping Buddha behind when I made that shot because I'm a fast shooter composing and shooting in just a few seconds. But I'm pleased it was there when I posted this shot.

    ★The Visual Poet added this photo to her favorites.
    Wonderful capture and poem and interesting to read about. Thank you for your comments!

    Andrew 62
    an engaging pic and words too .... as always
    greetings and warm wishes for a great week

    ★brdonovan added this photo to his favorites.

    excellent one.

    Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages
    Wonderful Shot From Frame Of Life. Very nice shot and thoughts. I Like the Verses.
    Very much thought provoking.
    Kung Fu Art Of Defense Was Brought To Out Side By Bruce Lee.... You Know Something,,,,The Day He Had His Last Breath,,,in 1973,,,,,I Was In Hong Kong and witnessed the Funeral Procession And Ceremony....
    Good Evening My Dear Friend.....Enjoy....And Have A Good Morning...

  2. Far & Away
    Gorgeous !!

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

    ★Ana Librillana added this photo to her favorites.
    Excellent image full of peace .. Greetings!

    ★henrhyde (gill) added this photo to her favorites.
    Great inspiring image .
    We all wonder at times, at the direction -of our lives.
    Well done.

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites.
    I love the last part of your words

    Nice image...and beautiful writing.

    ★Ronaldo F Cabuhat added this photo to their favorites.
    Striking texture and light. I like the feel of the capture. Cheers!
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    antonè.. new look summer ;-)
    Immagino la tua emozione caro Thou quando hai visitato questo tempio dove si insegna il Kung fu: anche tu lo pratichi?? ti immagino come un uomo fortissimo capace di abbattere qualsiasi avversario(^_*)!!!! hahhahhahahh!!
    Il monaco quarda con ammirazione il movimento della fiamma, magari anche lui vorrebbe sentirsi vivo e luminoso come lei:-)))!!
    Ciao, ^__^ MIAOOOOO!!

    old tea
    Stunning portrait !!!


    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.
    Wonderful capture and Great mood.
    I Hope You Beautiful Tuesday!

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  3. ~Blue'z Voice
    Excellent portrait.

    ★Yasmin de light - added this photo to her favorites.

    kelly dilello
    Ohh I love the poem, I love the photo.
    ★kelly dilello added this photo to her favorites.

    Yasmin de light -
    What a beautiful and captivating shot Thou. And I love the background of the resting Buddha - which seems like a very happy accident. Love your poem too - so wonderful in expressing, what we might imagine he is thinking. As for the unlit candle verses untamed flame - I believe this is the one million dollar question that many of those who dedicate themselves exclusively to any one way of life might have. I can imagine this monk will eventually find the right answers through his reflection and meditation. Really wonderful work my friend. I wish you a very happy day and week : ))

    Seen in:
    {Oriental Land}

    ★i_still_believe_in_u added this photo to their favorites.

    a perfect composition! very beautiful!
    ★ho.ge added this photo to her favorites.

    Great work. I always look forward to seeing your photographs and thank you always for your comments as well.

    ★Nikita_70 added this photo to her favorites.

  4. I can think about this monk will gradually get the right solutions through his representation and relaxation. Really amazing perform my buddy. I wish you a very satisfied day and 7 days
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