The Now Sung Song

I took a photo of this pretty blue flower against the harsh rocks and hedge firstly (and most importantly) because I quite liked it, but also because it struck me that amidst the plain green and grey, a strong blue flower stood up. It might be a weed, but still for some reason, it helped to remind me that even in unsavoury circumstances we can all thrive.

I then remembered a poem I wrote and sent in to the Copper Staple, and felt on some level a correlation between the two…

The Now Sung Song

Tell me why, tell me why,
In this frightful delight,
Do you mutter and you stutter
At this wonderful sight?

She speaks, so she speaks,
‘Gainst the keeper of the key
With his circlet of gold
Of which he trapped she.

So before, so before,
Was it such a long chore,
Chip away, chip away
At her gorgeous demure.

But the eyes, but the eyes,
See how they’re alight?
Kindling a flame
Of such emerald green might.

Suppose you did not
And suppose she could not
Express the saintly storm;
Of the tide that had turned
Of your ship she had burned,
Then would there be reason to mourn?

Of course she did not
And of course she would not
Have reason, moral or fate,
To live for this life
And live in this life,
And burst the seams of hate.

How did she, how did she,
With dampening spirit,
Make such a triumph
From your ill-fated visit?

Do you know, do you know
It was you all along?
Depression and oppression
Lead to a new song.

Did you think, did you think,
With a sabre-like tongue,
You would cut her so deep
She could never have sung?

But sing for us all
With emblazoned glory,
For silence and then wrath
Make for such a good story.

Words and image Copyright © 2016 Alex Marlowe

Nature Prevails

I find it comforting to know that when we are inevitably extinguished from the Earth (no time soon thankfully), Nature will find a way to reclaim itself.

I found this dead tree stump, no doubt caused by some council workers removing an unruly tree whose position and branches were causing some innate difficulty at my local Arboretum. Even in the death of one facet of Nature, in the face of man made destruction, Nature prevails. You can see fungi growing around the base, moss creeping its way atop the stump’s back all in some sort of beautifully natural embalming process.

For all we fell trees to make way for infrastructure, clear acres of land for our own self gain and poison the atmosphere with no concern – Nature prevails. When our presence as human beings ceases to exist on Earth, the immortal patience of Nature will oversee growth and new life.

Take comfort in the fact that in spite of it all, Nature prevails.



Aah, I do love a good pun, but the ethos of this message is perfectly reasonable and not at all as hilarious as my pun.

Too often we find ourselves stuck in a discontented mindset and can see no way out. It seems that when something upsets our balance, we are temporarily destined to be grumpy until we are either given sufficient time to recover, or something simply cheers us up. Most of the time this works out fine, but simply put: our unhappiness is a result of our own reactions. I choose not to care when someone tries to upset me or cause me tension. It registers somewhere but I realise that I am in control of my own mind; if I switched to unhappy so quickly, why can’t I do the opposite just as easily? With practise, I am sure I will be adept at applying this quick switch to happiness, but for the moment, at least I can: ‘not care’, and fairly quickly ‘switch to happiness’.

This seems very idealistic and of course I realise that this will not work for everyone, but it is a handy exercise that helps me to always (generally) be happy. Just as quickly as you register the jolly bee on a passion flower, try and make that switch to happiness. It is your mind, you are in control. The negative mood contributes nothing healthy so simply choose not to suffer.

Be happy. 

Discovering The Camera ~ Alex Marlowe

So… for my first ever blog post I am reblogging a submission I made to the Copper Staple – it’s a fantastic site where anyone can write about anything and have it shared and published! This ‘essay’ details my feelings on photography and my established interest in the subject. Currently I only take pictures on my phone (and a borrowed film camera!) but am saving up for a Canon EOS 5D 12.8 … Until then and after then, I will be posting pictures and thoughts taken from my variety of cameras and hope the blogging world enjoys them 🙂