WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE — CONVERGE

This week’s theme, Converge, is found at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/converge/.

English: Ghosts of Vimy Ridge depicts ghosts o...
English: Ghosts of Vimy Ridge depicts ghosts of the Canadian Corps on Vimy Ridge surrounding the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Oil on canvas, 138 x 270.2 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The visual impact of items in the landscape never ceases to amaze me. Monuments, in particular, have a way of grabbing my attention. Vimy Ridge memorial is such a one, planted in the turf of WWI battles in which Canadian soldiers fought. The dual-towered structure is awe-inspiring. You can check it out at this link: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/first-world-war/france/vimy/vmemory.

A few years ago, I visited the site with a study tour. Vimy was under repair but our group was authorized to don some safety helmets and tour the construction. It was amazing to see!

VIMY UNDER COVER

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Seeing the memorial, walking the grounds, inspired me to write this poem — originally, it is set in two columns but can’t figure out how to do this in my post.  Note: Sadly, the monument was officially opened in 1936, not long before the second world war began. The world was already in turmoil.

PYLONS AT VIMY RIDGE 
Tall and white
They stood
Just finished
While
Flashes of fascism
Took hold
No one
Heeded the warnings
Of carvers at work–
For those who were lost
The price of their souls
Can never be told.

© Patricia A. McGoldrick

For those looking for a related winter read, check out Jane Urquhart‘s book, The Stone Carvers.

Have a great weekend!

ANGULAR: PHOTO CHALLENGE

I have to admit that Geometry was not my favourite subject in high school — understatement!

However, since those hours of incomprehensible homework, I have to realize and admire the work of angular turns in life and my surroundings.

Some of these angular dips and dives have included major life events, some planned, some not so much — losses of loved ones, job changes, relocations.

Photos that I have taken and a few poems that I have written have captured some of the angular beauties of nature, as well, so I thought that I would share such a photo in this post. This was taken along the shores of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lake treasures shared with our neighbours.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Note: you can check out other posts for this challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/angular/

2014 LAKE HURON SHORELINE
2014 LAKE HURON SHORELINE