"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?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Old Man Looking for His Center

I've had just enough time...   to look for my center

I saw the old man walking unsteadily on edges...

The old man
Walked on edges
Struggling to maintain
A balance, not
Too much right or
Too much left
Might fall off
Into the abyss

He is trying to find his center.

I asked “Why?”
Almost causing his fall
He brushed me off
Walking unsteadily forth
Then stunned me
Left me pondering
What his voice carried
With his departure
“How can I find my center,
Walking on level ground?”


What's Your Center?


  1. ineedathis, bjebie, dumbdrumus, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons - Off to Singapore
    I was hiking along a hilly trail one day in a park that is a semi-jungle. At near a high point there are a series of concrete path stretching a long way down to where it meets the earthen path again. Along one side of the concrete steps are metal hand-rails. In the distance I saw a shirtless old man perching precariously on the thin round bar and slowly inching its way forward. He is likely to hurt himself if he falls either way and we were concerned for him. But he is oblivious of his surrounding, his full concentration on how to balance himself without falling. I got the impression that he must have done this many times even though this is the first time I met him as the park is quite large.

    I like that you included the lady, great perspective!
    did you had any of those wild berries?

    Patricia Speck
    A really great series.....thanks for the story to go with too, It brings it all alive.

    Dahai Z
    Man seeks balance at all costs. Perhaps it brought peace of mind to him, at the risk of physical safety.

    GlobeTrotter 2000
    Really nice picture !

    Hello Thou-San, have a good trip. I enjoyed these photos and the description you provided. Take care.

    Rebecca Ang 1
    Off to Singapore? :) :)
    Linking these thoughts of "the center" to the present set of images... even if the that lady (on the right) wanted, she cannot really assist that man - sure, she could help hold him for a portion of his "journey" on the rail... but ultimately, he has to find his balance and center on his own. Probably the most important decision of one's life.

    Lovely place, very well captured with nice perspective!

    henrhyde (gill) BEST WISHES FOR 2014
    Great presentation of this image

  2. ineedathis, Patricia Speck, bjebie, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons - Off to Singapore
    We can only gape and marveled at him afraid to break his concentration and inadvertently causing his fall.
    Trying to find the silver linings, I wondered if the recent chains of events is a test for me. Trying to help me find my true center by placing me on uneven ground.

    I tell you one thing none of us at that age can do what he is doing, great balance!
    excellent shot my friend!

    Patricia Speck
    Brave man.....and a great shot . Well done!! You must have had your heart in your mouth,

    Anna Kwa
    what a stunt ;-)
    Are you in singapore :-)?

    Dahai Z
    Maybe he is just an adrenalin junkie :)

    Rebecca Ang
    Thank you for raising this issue for thought/discussion. "What's your center?" is not only an apt question, but I think, the most fundamental question (just my own thoughts/opinion) in all of life. Logically, it is from the center that everything else emanates. So the center is important. And we need to carefully choose our center. It is a fundamental question every individual must ask of himself/herself at some point, if not at repeated points in one's life.

  3. Wow! This man is in balance! I hope he will find his centre...
    A great shot!! :-)

    I hope that you'll have a great weekend! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus

  4. We have something conceal within our center which is also our compass in life - conscience. However, it needs tuning / honing to be sensitive to its voice and submission to it. It is to guide us on top of logic and reasoning which sometimes can be so misused - when we reason ourselves into complete opposite of conscience.


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