1.25.2009

Phantoms of the Day


being in the depth of
winter
where the days are
short
and the nights are
long
still I stay up
late
still I stay up
late

when I slide into
bed
in the depth of
night
the phantoms of
day
seem to have their
way

memories of tender
moments
of wild fantastic
scenes
of dreams unmet
and
fears of what the past might
bring

my thoughts whisper to
me
imagined scenarios
set in wakeful
dreams
of things that may never
be
never be

phantoms of the day
seem to have their way
have their way
with me
as I toss and turn
for an hour
before I drift
into a night of
dreamful
sleep


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52 comments:

  1. What a lovely, creative wintry photo! Beautiful shadows on the mountains, too.

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  2. Strange looking litte flowers but all things have beauty. Nice poem!

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  3. What a beautiful winter composition!

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  4. Those snow hills look velvety soft. Your poetry and photos are beautiful, as always. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight:)

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  5. Beautiful thoughts and pictures.

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  6. All I can say is WOW - these pictures are magnificent!

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  7. Very beautiful poem and very true. Many are haunted by phantoms of the day that take our sleep hostage.


    May they vanish for you and restore your sleep safely into your arms.

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  8. It was nice work with the snow on top. One felt the winter.

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  9. I can hear you and see this and experience this. The Phantoms of the Day having their way. I am a late late late night person. I tend to dream more heavily in the night even though I am still awake. The psyche or subconscious comes to the surface and processes my experiences of the day and issues of the past. I will invent things, but I used to do it more. I used to worry about what karma or fate would come my way. Now I don't bite into the stories as much and they go away. Another thing that has changed is that I try to process the data, the stimulus, the experience as it arises during the day, trying to be conscious of what enters my energy field as it happens, trying to be conscious of what questions I ask, trying to see my inner self from outside my self. I try to forgive the imagined moment as it arises. Then the nights get quieter for me and then the shadows will have already been exposed to the light the moment that they are cast. The night can be peaceful and we can imagine and dream goodness into being. I think I heard you through your poem.

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  10. What a beautiful poem. I absolutely love your SS shot. The way you captured the sunlight on the snowy mountain is perfect! Your photos are stunning and your poetry a pleasure to read.

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  11. Tammy,your rhimed seed pods say it all!!! Nice post. Great winter shot to finish wih.

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  12. Tammy Lee, Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing me to yours. Your photos are stunning and your poetry so touches my soul and heart.
    I have lived on Haida Gwaii for ten years and wouldn't live anywhere else but the grey rainy winters can take their toll....its why I found so much joy in our snowy winter.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Smiles

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  13. Just beautiful - both words and pics:)

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  14. I really think the scenery snow shot looks magical. Beautiful words. Smiles B

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  15. Absolutely amazing shots! Beautiful macro - and the landscape is stunning! The background looks like fluffy - something! You have my vote!
    ......I forgot to read the words - I will read them now...:)

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  16. Your words awaken something in me. They would make a lovely low-key song; I can almost hear the tune. Fantastic photos, as always.

    - Son

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  17. Interesting, love the second photo.

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  18. wonderful.
    i love the reptiton inside. something i alwasy fell to do and you have used so beatifuly.

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  19. You and nature together, closer to the heart of things, closer to inner vision, closer to the pulse, closer to that exquisite first image of frost.

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  20. Nice post. That first shot is great but that last one just looks unreal the way the light is shining on the snow.

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  21. Beautifully written...my poem also dealt with the 'shadows' of the night. I think we all deal with them at some time or another!

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  22. I have to tell all you wonderful folks who visited me today while I was out playing in the sun: You make me smile and feel like I have connected with so many of you in our blog world. I love this. Thank you!

    The first image is: Rosehips
    The second is: sunset in my neck of the woods.

    This time I will respond to you as a group instead of individually since so many comments made a sweet pile before I got to them ;-)

    1) Thank you for your appreciations

    2) Thank you for your wishes for good sleep, I wish you all the same!

    3) I agree, I believe what is incomplete in our lives visits us when we slow down and are not distracted.... those rascal phantoms....

    4) as for my poem being a song, sometimes, these days, my poems do come along with a tune.

    Much warmth from me to you,
    Tammie

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  23. those phantoms are pretty busy, for sure --- a wonder there is enough to go around, except to realize that we each have a set of them - a set as personal and private as any of us may be --- beautifully written!!!

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  24. You just can't take a bad photo, can you? Lovely, lovely!

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  25. I like the repetition, like lying in bed hearing the dripping of rain, while the phantoms of the day subside and let you go. Really, really, nice, Tammie. And your photos? You got a way with the camera, you do…

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  26. Each time I read this, I find new thoughts - enjoyable read!

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  27. Winter and falling asleep wrestling with the worries of daytime...I see it all so clearly. Well written.

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  28. Oh wow you captured both very nicely and the poem was good too

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  29. lovely thoughts to go with an equally lovely flower :)

    Today's Flowers:Blooming Weed

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  30. Great shots. Love the frost on the seed heads. MB

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  31. some of my favorite scenarios are painted in the moments just preluding sleep... wonder why that seems to be where the mind goes when it wants to comfort itself???

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  32. Truly a lovely post! Thanks for sharing; I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  33. Lovely! Lovely words and lovely photos!

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  34. beautiful photos and poem. I do enjoy the way you see and bring us the world
    be well

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  35. I love this photo! ;The combination of shadows and light create a great effect.

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  36. Those phantoms, always outwitting our best efforts to put them to rest before we make our own attempts to sleep! Gorgeous photos; the sun settling on those snow covered mountains is otherworldly.

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  37. what is this flower called Poetic Lady?

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  38. The mountains seems to get out of the photo ...
    Great pic !

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  39. Hi Tammie Lee,

    Lovely post!
    Thaks for sharing!

    Luiz

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  40. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh...just lovely (as usual!).

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  41. So beautiful. You can almost make me happy that there is winter beauty around, almost! Thank you for the bday wishes and wow, look at all these comments. So many people know how talented you are.

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  42. Ahh, I know those phantoms of the day. I suspect most of us, in fact.

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  43. Awesome images. The 2nd one has such magical light. It seems to light up just a few parts of the mountain making the image really stand out. Well done

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  44. Beautiful photography!!! Wonderful writing. Your blog is a delightful find!

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  45. I sense fear and deep beauty. The photo could not be a better representation of this.

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  46. The photo on the top looks like dancers, very lovely.

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  47. Lovely photos as always, love the rosehips. Arent they the most interesting little burst of color in the middle of winter? Your poem is well writen and expressed. It is all too true, when we suppress our dreams during the day we create these shadows that follow us into the night. We can't get rid of them, so by being true to ourselves at all moments, we are never followed by those shadows of the past.

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  48. Hi Tammy, I wanted to write a quick note to thank you for the wonderful little post you left on my blog.

    Looking at your blog, I am AMAZED at the beauty of your work. BRAVO!

    Thank you and nice to meet you!
    ZAN
    Wild At Heart

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  49. I could frame this picture and put it on my wall, where I could see it often. Do you frame your art photos? This one is breathtaking.

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie