Shadows and Light

August 13, 2009

20090129_enough1s-3I started taking random phonecam pictures in the very early days of my transition. Often, but not always, they would be taken in bright sunshine and often, but not always, they include either leaves or my own silhouette.

As I began to build up a small collection of them (I’ve included a few here), I started posting them in my personal transition journal under the heading “Shadows and Light” – the name of a song by Joni Mitchell.

I want to write a little more on the “why” of my strange, occasional hobby…

But not today.

Shadows and Light: 20090811

Shadows and Light: 20090131

Shadows and Light: 20080925

Shadows and Light: 20070810

Shadows and Light: 20061121

Shadows and Light: 20061026


Joni MitchellShadows and Light

Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness blindness and sight
The perils of benefactors
The blessings of parasites
Blindness blindness and sight
Threatened by all things
Devil of cruelty
Drawn to all things
Devil of delight
Mythical devil of the ever-present laws
Governing blindness blindness and sight

Suntans in reservation dining rooms
Pale miners in their lantern rays
Night night and day
Hostage smile on presidents
Freedom scribbled in the subway
It’s like night night and day
Threatened by all things
God of cruelty
Drawn to all things
God of delight
Mythical god of the everlasting laws
Governing day day and night

Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong saying it’s right
Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong wrong and right
Threatened by all things
Man of cruelty-mark of Cain
Drawn to all things
Man of delight-born again born again
Man of the laws the ever-broken laws
Governing wrong wrong and right
Governing wrong wrong and right
Wrong and right

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