Sunday, February 27, 2022

Life Full Screen


...Life Full Screen...

filled with passion and hope and dreams

Not a war zone, my commute route.
Today we drive past, stopping in a turnout on the opposite side of the road.
I jump out for a photo, so I can consider. Remember. Pay homage.

I've called it a shipping container, J. says no, it is a trailer for a semi-truck.
Upon looking in the daylight, I agree. If it were a metal shipping container, it's end would not be ripped open and showing wood.

This canyon road used to be the serene part of my drive.
Dark ~ Quiet ~ Empty
Now, so much debris is strewn everywhere, from building trash to furniture, to who knows what.
It has become an eerie road, especially at night.

I believe it was these type of block letters "YNOT" painted on the overpass pillars (far right of photos further above & below) - one letter to each pillar...there Friday night, painted over today.
There was someone in that little bulldozer, scraping the dirt clean, flat. Why? is my question.

I've mentioned the young person who lives here. I see her/him crossing the road at night or walking the patch of earth on the opposite side of the road, wearing a headlamp. I see flickers of light in the home as I drive by. Today I noticed the small cross tucked at the base of the hillside, across the road from the trailer. Has it always been there? I'm not sure. Does it have something to do with this resident? Again, I have no way of knowing. But, I wonder.
As we drive away, I notice the resident coming slowly out of the trailer, through the ripped open end.

May we feel safe where we are
May we hold compassion for others
May we continue as best we can
Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2022


Marti said...

Your music choices could not be more meaningful: Edwin Starr's War, anthem for all time::

"War, I despise
'Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mother's eyes
When their sons go off to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh (good God, y'all)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, just say it again
War (whoa), huh (oh Lord)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing,..."

For compassion and doing the best we can: the Spanish chef, Jose Andres whose World Central Kitchen has gone to all of the disasters around the world, feeding people. Today his team is at the Ukraine/Poland border feeding the refugees...

Nancy said...

Marti~ That song, (sadly) still timely all of these years later. It is a good one to sing-shout to let some feelings out.
Thanks for the story of Jose Andres. It is good to know there are still good people out there.
Here's a link if anyone wants it:

Nancy said...

FROM DEE~ Becoming a series? If so it fits with your broad lens of humanity. There’s storytelling and a deeply embedded wish for the world to be otherwise. So Nancy…



Dee~ I don't know about a series, but it does seem so (only because the songs came to me after the last post and the photos were taken just today)...however, I sure do wish for it to be otherwise. Additionally, it seems like a big connected mess of these times. At least in my brain. Thanks for your thoughts here.

Liz A said...

how is it the songs of our youth are forever becoming relevant again ... "when will they ever learn ... when will they ever learn?"

Nancy said...

Liz~ I totally agree! "What is it good for?"

shiborigirl said...

i thought the same as Liz... old songs timeless, but maybe in ways we'd rather prefer them not to be. i see things in the news about women's rights and i wonder...haven't we already been down this road several decades ago. why are we here again... or still here?
phil has been playing in a band called the Center Band for a center for spiritual living and these same songs and more are offered so i have been listening to them live with various singers each week.
now i wonder...CAN we learn?

Nancy said...

Glennis~ Yes, we just keep circling around, don't we? Hopefully, it could be more like a spiral where we learn more, do better each time around.
Lucky you (and Phil) for listening to these great! Awesome.

Hazel said...

Oh, Nancy, your heart! How does it fit in your body? Thanks for "Peace Train" today, thank you so much. oxo

Nancy said...

Hazel~ Ha. Some days it is not easy! The young teen in me sure remembers that song...and the all of me still loves it! 😘

Deb G said...

I keep thinking about our homeless too, drive past so many each morning as they are gathering their things from wherever they have spent the night, tucked up against a building. Someone was talking to me about "human nature" this week...we are very complicated as a species.

Nancy said...

Deb~ Yes, complicated indeed. Just when one thinks they understand folks, they get thrown for a loop! The insane amount of un housed in SoCal get thrown for a loop too...for even in DRY CA, today we get rain. I can't imagine.