Saturday, January 2, 2010


Wings

The beating of wings is a deafening sound for those who have ears to hear.
Like a flock of wild birds, the days of the decade are flying away - rising up like a cloud from the floor of the forest, lifting away from the hot desert sand. A boiling eddy of hours encircling my thoughts, soaring high in the air to vanish forever in the winds of December, destined to land on the unwritten page of history, to light in the unsung verse of song.
What shall we make of this bevy of days, soon to be gone from our sight? A fractious brood, without question, with more than its fair share of raptors within, scattering darkness and mayhem throughout these ten years. But also amongst them were sweet swallows and doves, the everlasting wisdom of the owls, the song of the robin on a clear morning in May.
It is a bittersweet feeling that sits in my heart as I watch them mount up to leave this old earth.
But now, look! Just over the clouds I can see them!
Drifting down from the heavens through the ringing of bells comes a fledgling congregation of hours, a happy assemblage of days - flawless, clean, each and every one a sparkling second chance. As they land on our rooftops, and light on our shoulders, may we welcome them all with the wisdom and grace we have gathered together from the days gone before.
May we share the love we have been given, may we listen much more than we speak.
May we live with hope and with purpose.
May we walk in beauty.
May we show tolerance and kindness to our fellow travelers on the way.
And may we have fun!
A Happy New Year to All!

My idea of man's chief end was to enrich the world with things of beauty,
and have a fairly good time myself
while doing so.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

48 comments:

  1. WOW....Happy New year to you too..:))

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  2. Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

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  3. Happy New Year to you too. According to my clock, it has already arrived in your beloved Scottish Highlands.

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  4. Happy New Year, Pamela...and to Edward and the Songwriter. I'm looking forward to riding through 2010 on the wings of your words.

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  5. And a happy new year to you and yours.

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  6. Here Here! So beautifully said. I will take this lovely imagery with me as I welcome 2010...Happy New Year to you, Pamela, Songwriter, Edward and Apple...God Speed, beautiful bloggy friend...

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  7. Lovely verse, Pamela.

    Yes - may we walk in beauty and tolerance - a perfect wish.

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

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  8. How do you do that Pamela? How are you able to express in words what we are all feeling?
    Thank you for another year of beautifully written posts my friend.
    Happy New Year to you, Edward and Apple

    xo
    Brooke

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  9. the best to you Pamela in this next year and loves and hugs to sweet Edward :)

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  10. Dear Pamela, I pray that 2010 will be a most spectacular year for you! I wish you blessings upon blessings of love, laughter, happiness, good health, beauty, and success.

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  11. A very warm and happy new year to you, dear!

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  12. Beautiful words with beautiful sentiments to bring us into a New Year.
    Wishing you and your family many magical and happy times in the coming year, Pamela. With much love. XXXX

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  13. Many blessings to you, the songwriter, Edward and Apple. a beautiful, quiet day ahead...just perfect for welcoming in a New Year.

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  14. How Wonderful! Happy New Year to you, too:)

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  15. Oh so beautiful, I am always sad at New Year...the thought of the old year leaving...your post made me feel so much better.
    May your year be all you would want it to be.
    Hugs Lynn xxxx

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  16. So beautifully expressed, may your New Year be Happy and full of Joy.

    "flawless, clean, each and every one a sparkling second chance." I love that bit especially.

    Ted sends his best wishes to Edward and Apple.

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  17. Pamela - so beautiful. Your words rang true and deep. My mother passed away this morning @ 2 a.m. I picture her as one of those great birds, now flying up to heaven. Your blog always makes me feel at peace in a life of turmoil at the moment. I wish you and your husband a peaceful weekend of remembering all the days of 2009 and looking onward with great enthusiasm and joy. x

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  18. Happy New Year Pamela
    All the best to you and your family .. Julie

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  19. Happy New Year
    Rabbit Rabbit♥

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  20. Happy new year to you.

    I like the metaphor of birds and flight, bittersweet.

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  21. Bliadhna mhath ur to you, lass, from the snowy Highlands of Scotland. The best of everything to you in 2010. Lizzy

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  22. Lovely Picture, Lovely words.
    Thank You.
    Cindee

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  23. You always speak right to my heart, dear one!
    Happy, happy New Year. May all blessings and endless joy be yours!
    xo Isa

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  24. Lovely New Year sentiments - beautifully expressed, as usual, Pamela. We have deep snow here and as your correspondent Snowbrush so rightly says - there is more - much more - in Scotland.

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  25. I fell in love with that painting!

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  26. Such a lovely post Pamela - you have been my inspiration today!!
    Happy New Year and a hug for Edward.

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  27. I love the idea of lookig at the future as a series of flawless days and sparkling second chances.
    Happy New Year.

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  28. Such beautiful words to ring in a New Year.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  29. Pamela, as always, beautiful pictures so eloquently expressed.

    Charles and I send best wishes for your happiness in 2010, and for the happiness of all those dear to you.

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  30. delightful..as usual..and looking forward to another year of your writings and images :-)

    Happy New Year to you, Edward and the hubby.

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  31. I so, so love this post, Pamela. Oh, and the RL Stevenson quote--well, you know I love him, so you've won my heart all over again, my friend.

    Thank you for your amazing thoughts and flights of fancy this past year. I'm sending you very best wishes for a most joyous, creative, and adventurous new year!

    xoxo Gigi

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  32. Perfect, Pamela. I just love your birds! Right after my own heart.

    Every warmest wish and blessing to you for a wonderful year, and decade, to come.

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  33. It's so beautiful here!
    Thank you.
    Best of everything to you in 2010!

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  34. You are a wonder my friend. I love reading your blog every morning before I start my day. Its like a good cup of coffee with a nice scone to go with it.
    Thank you
    Jan

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  35. Many blessings to you and yours and wishes for a Happy New Year!

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  36. Beautiful. Happy New Year to you.

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  37. More of your beautiful words - thank you! Leigh

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  38. Lovely to see the fledgling congregations of hours, beautiful imagery. Happy New Year to you and Edward!

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  39. We can feel the bittersweet just before you guide us back to the high road. Wishing you a happy new year with much grace and love coming back your way!

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  40. Pamela this is just so beautiful...i have been looking back over the last decade too and wondering where it all went...your writing is perfect....a very happy new year to you and all you love..xx ps the picture of the flying swans is achingly lovely..we have lots of swans on the lake near us and when they fly and you hear the wind through their wings, the immense beauty leaves you breathless.

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  41. Such moving words from another of my favorite poets and so beautiful!!

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  42. Happy New Year to you and Edward and Apple.
    Buster joins me in wishing you all good things!

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  43. Dear Pamela, you are simply amazing. Your blog has been such a wonderful find. Happy New Year Pamela. And also to the songwriter and Edward

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  44. Thank you for your message Pamela! I'm happy to be back but it is going to take months to catch up on all that I have missed. Lots of reading to do.

    What a beautiful post. Happy new year to you too.

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  45. your beautiful post gave me a wonderful few moments out of this heavy day... thank you for your kind words over at mine and may 2010 be a wonderful year for you and yours, and all of us creative people!

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  46. Beautiful words again Pamela.
    A Happy New Year to you. xxx

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  47. Raising my cuppa joe to your beauty, Pamela! Your intention for the next decade is just what we need, and I feel it too.

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  48. What eonderfully invocative imagery! A lovely piece of prose, as always.

    A Happy, Love filled New Year to you dear Pamela.

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