Thinking about Being

While I was thinking about being
and wondering why I’m here,
time appeared before my eyes
and melted into years.
Yesterday, I was so young
and now somehow I’m old?
I used to do a lot
but now….I don’t do much at all.
Like this hapless elephant,
seems I’ve walked into a wall!
Every day I am so tired
where did my energy go?
When I started slowing down,
I honestly don’t know.
I have to pick myself up
and find something to do.
Perhaps I’d feel much better
with a new upbeat hairdo.

Then again— maybe not!      ~ms


*** These photos were taken while I was visiting the Honolulu Zoo***

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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75 Responses to Thinking about Being

  1. It’s funny: I always imagined the thought of being as a question a computer would ask itself. In a bright green font against a blackened background: Where am I? Who am I? What is my purpose? How did I get here? What is existing?

    But then all of those mind-melting thoughts are washed away as the day progresses and I have things to do. 🙂

  2. Great shots and words to accompany!

  3. artscottnet says:

    Hi Mary! So glad to see a post from you =) And what a brilliant post it is… lovely pictures (that hairdo pic is among my favorite)

    • Thanks Scott!
      I hope the hairdo isn’t an omen….I have an appointment tomorrow morning to have my hair done and I really hope it doesn’t turn out like that. 🙂

      • artscottnet says:

        You’d have to work hard to get that look of surprise on your face like the bird *sheepish grin*… but with that awesome light like in the pic you’d be angelic!

        • Thanks again! I thought it was funny that you posted this comment in the wrong place at first. We must be related. Truth is, when i wrote the poem “Butterfly Apology”…I was writing about myself. People have been calling me ‘directionally challenged’ for years.All I have to do is turn around and it’s a whole new world. 🙂

  4. dorannrule says:

    This is terrific! The poem is so funny and your photographs are perfect!

  5. Sharifah says:

    Excellent…and very entertaining. 🙂

  6. annesquared says:

    Very enjoyable! 🙂

  7. Barb o says:

    Love this, I sometimes think I’m young and then I look in the mirror — I need to get rid of my mirrors!

  8. StillWalks says:

    Great pics! I like the words too 🙂

  9. loralorapa says:

    Photographies et animaux superbes ^^

  10. LOVE this – Beautiful:) Have a Great Day!

  11. Mag's Corner says:

    What wonderful pictures and the words go so well with them. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.

  12. This poem and well matched pictures really made me smile…Thank you!

  13. Lynne Ayers says:

    Loved the photos and the words.

  14. really enjoyed these, thank you! LMA

  15. maybe I need a new hair do.
    love your great photos and fascinating story

  16. blmaluso says:

    Just beautiful. Thanks so much!

  17. Maxima says:

    Wow that this is precious.Have a blessed day!

  18. parth893 says:

    Wow ❤ Beautiful Pictures 😀 Awesome work Mary .

  19. Katz says:

    These are amazing photos and storyline- i have yet to peruse the rest of your site.
    Thank you kindly for stopping by & the comment you left 🙂


  20. The photos are amazing, the words resonate loudly. One of my first blogs talks about how time has passed so fast and how I struggle to accept that I have slowed down a bit too. But you said it so eloquently…on being. Whispering Insights

  21. cherylmoore says:

    Such beautiful photography. Mary and I love the way you use poetry to tell a most entertaining story. I always look forward to reading and seeing your work.

  22. djmrakiey says:

    Great photos … and they perfectly meld with your poem… ☮

  23. robert87004 says:

    How did I not comment on this post before? I really enjoyed this poem, first time and this time.

    • Thanks for the compliment Robert.
      It’s been a strange and hectic summer! Sliding by at great speed.
      Perhaps you did comment before, and it got pulled into a black hole in cyberspace?
      The possibilities are endless.

  24. earthstills says:

    Lovely collection, you made me smile, thank you!

  25. Dina says:

    Wonderful combination of fine words and great images, Mary! It put a big smile on my face this morning! 🙂

  26. Lovely poem that really went well with your amazing photography skills, that really made my day, Thank you 😀

  27. Heather says:

    Fabulous photos Mary…your words complimented them perfectly…you certainly have a way with words!

  28. colonialist says:

    Glad you looked up some of my relations there! 🙂
    The elephant looks like a pachyderm equivalent of Marvin the Paranoid Android! “I’m SO depressed…”

  29. Gigi wanders says:

    Wonderful stuff!

    • Thanks for the compliment ,Gigi.
      I see by the posted date that your comment has been sitting here since August?
      Egads…it’s December.
      My eyes do this to me all of the time. Things that I have never noticed before will suddenly “appear” before me.
      One day I complimented a co-worker on a beautiful blonde streak she had just added to her hair (or so I thought).
      She replied, “It’s been like this for the past 6 months.”
      OH. Well. Hmmm…I really do like it, though.
      A nearby co-worker (a man) laughed when he overheard the conversation, and said– “Oh! You must be a lot of fun to be married to. After 10 years of marriage, you probably went up to your husband and said; ‘Hey good looking–where did you come from.’ ”
      OK. Wait a minute. I’m not that bad.
      There are just so many interesting things to focus on, sometimes I miss a few things.
      There is a positive side to this.
      One afternoon, as my husband was driving down the road, he suddenly got noticeably upset. When I asked him what the problem was, he said– “What? You didn’t see that?! How could you not see! That guy in the blue car almost hit us, changing lanes at the last minute.”
      Oh. Well. Hmmmm…I honestly didn’t see it. I was not driving, so I was looking up– watching the treetops blowing in the wind and the clouds dancing across the sky.

  30. Chrissy says:

    I love taking photos but you really have the gift. Yourr photos are beautiful.

    I notice your copyright/name is at the lower edge, are you able to cetra it so theives can’t crop it out? Just a thought. Don’t give up.


  31. talacarson says:

    We can’t act contrary to the nature but if we harmonize with Nature we feel complete and void of prejudice. We realize little by little who we are and what we are meant for 🙂

    • Hmmm…Little by little.
      A few seconds before I die, I will suddenly open my eyes and say:
      “Wait! I’ve just figured it all out… I know exactly why I’m here!”
      And then, I will be gone. 😉

      • talacarson says:

        But what about a life goal then? 🙂 There are two ways. The 1st one: you can live in hopes you’ll understand one day why you are here. And the 2nd one: you can live following your way and loving truly what you are doing to finally figure out you’ve been fulfilling your purpose for so many years. 🙂

        • There is no way to follow..
          I wander and life surprises me. The purpose of all life is to be. I’m really not searching for anything else. That’s why I chose to end my poem with a wild-haired bird and a giraffe with a rather humorous look on its face. There’s really nothing to figure out.

  32. Life itself is the lofty matter. 😉

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