Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Impish ideas

The sound of silence is cloaking my blog at the moment. I picture it silver and dense; you can step into the billowing clouds and sweep away sections to reveal forgotten words and pictures, and then the fog rolls back in, obscuring and hiding all the features.

But it’s not a desolate landscape – silver shimmers with possibility and is the colour of slow moonlight on dark water, the slanted light of illumination piercing through a shadowed forest. Ideas crouch, giggling – they occasionally stick a foot out into the circle of hazy grey and admire their shiny buckled shoes, their elongated silhouettes. Mostly they play a frenzied game of tag and will stop every so often to tug my clothes and whisper in my ear. They think me a great, lumbering thing – such a human! – but clap their hands like proud parents when I correctly interpret one of their hushed communications. They also hand-on-hips scold when I get it wrong and disapproval makes me slink away for a while, but their wild games call to me from beyond the stream. I always turn my head and listen.

Can you hear them too?

Girl Beside A Stream, Arthur Rackham

20 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I hear them!
I hear them!!

Old Kitty said...

Awww glad the Ideas are coming out in droves and eager to play with you!! Yay!!!

Take care
x

S.P. Bowers said...

Life has clouded my ears and covered my eyes. Pragmatism surrounds me but I can see the wind blowing around this bubble. Soon it will strip away the confining layers and I too will be free to listen and dance.

Love the picture by the way.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Lovely thoughts!

Out on the prairie said...

So that's who they are, sometimes I see them as fairy.LOL

snafu said...

Sorry what did you say? I can't hear for all those whispers.

Maggie May said...

The sound of silence...... I love that.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Claudette Anne Pearson said...

i like this:))

Nelson Souzza said...

Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts( really interesting blog). Would be great if you could visit also mine...Thanks for sharing! Keep up the fantastic work!

Talli Roland said...

What a gorgeous picture, and beautiful words to go along with it. We miss you, Jayne!

Dolly said...

Yes, I hear them though I see them more as images in my mind if that makes any sort of sense? That is a lovely Rackham sketch, I do love his work.

This post has really inspired me, it makes me see your words as a watercolour painting my dear Jayne. Your colour imagery is very strong, and I will print this out to put in my brand new contextual notebook if you don't mind :)

D.J. Kirkby said...

Oooh this post was filled with such lovely imagery....I adore the sound of silence.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Beautiful imagery. I love all things silvery and foggy. You make me see the dreamlike quality of thoughts slowly becoming articulated as the ideas take shape. Great writing. You could get a poem out of this post!

Happy Frog and I said...

Such a beautiful image and imagery in this post, truly beautiful and touching and as others have said, inspirational.

Jayne said...

Pamela - I can tell from your blog you hear them exactly like I do!

Old Kitty – Thanks honey. They are there, circling, biding their time.

S.P Bowers – I hope the wind blows away pragmatism for you soon. Arthur Rackham is one of my favourite illustrators.

Carole – Thank you.

Out on the prairie – Fairy, sprite, imps – all one and the same, I think.

Snafu – So many whispers!

Maggie – My favourite Simon and Garfunkel song.

Jayne said...

Claudette – Thank you for letting me know.

Nelson – Thanks

Talli – Aw, thank you for saying that, I miss being here and around and about, too.

Dolly – Images in your mind works perfectly well, I know what you mean. Thank you for saying you like the colour imagery in this post, and if you do ever do a watercolour painting from it then please let me know! Be fun to see what you come up with. I am tempted to do the same, but it’s been many years since I was an artist. That thought makes me quite sad.

D.J – I’m glad you liked it.

Elizabeth – Aw, what a nice thing to say. A poem? Hm... Maybe, methinks, perhaps.

Happy Frog – That is wonderful. I am so pleased that this post provoked that sort of response. Gives me hope!

L.A Speedwing said...

Wow. that's more than lovely. That's just so vivid and beautifully poetic. We should make a new name for it. It's wondrilous.

Jayne said...

L.A Speedwing - Your comment made me smile so much. Thank you!

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