This week’s challenge, “Birthday”.
Most of us see this occasion leaning towards more of a form of jubilation and celebration. A certain gentleman and poet, Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744 / London / England) thought otherwise.
Pope’s poem to his friend Martha Blount knows that birthdays are melancholy for many. “Is that a Birth-Day? ’tis alas! too clear, / ‘Tis but the funeral of the former year”.
He wishes Martha happiness, pointedly expecting that she will be pleased “Not with those Toys the female world admire, / Riches that vex, and Vanities that tire.” Instead, she will “wake to Raptures in a Life to come.” Consoling?
Here is a selection of photographs from former years and depicting New Zealand my “birth” country.
Harakeke Kete [Flax Basket], for many years used for gathering and storing kai/food.
Buying fruit and vegetables that used to come from our backyard or a local grower.
Moeraki Boulders – South Island an area we have celebrated and commiserated one or two birthdays.
What is Sunday Stills all about?
In Terri’s words:
Sunday Stills is a photography challenge with a weekly theme (similar to the now-defunct WPC). Each Sunday I post the weekly theme with images of my own interpretation. Any blogger is welcome to participate and interpret the challenge with their photos, poems, stories, music, etc!