October 24, 2009

A Vermillion Morning


Udupi, 2009.


In the song of a worn stone
Floating in the silence of time
An ancient temple speaks,
Of how enduring faith
Lent the awakening sunshine
The melody of a vermillion morning.

42 comments:

kenju said...

Very nice!!

bobbie said...

Lovely

radha said...

Simple and nice. So easy to relate to unlike most contemporary poetry

Courtney said...

What a beautiful photograph! It looks like you captured such a quiet, almost secret moment.

Anil P said...

Kenju: Thank you.

Bobbie: Thank you.

Radha: Thanks.

Courtney: It was a very quiet moment. I was up on my feet and about very early. Not many people were around when I happened upon this scene. Thank you.

Judith Ellis said...

Beautiful, Anil!

charu said...

very nice capture, Anil. that bit of yellow jumps out of the frame - I've sensed the same feeling of peace at the Madurai temple...

Anil P said...

Judith Ellis: Thank you.

Charu: Thank you. Sometimes some corners have that in plenty.

karen said...

What a stunning photo! Peaceful, and also timeless...

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Quiet contemplation...such a sensitive photograph. I appreciate the worn texture you captured...it makes the compostion look like a work of painted art.

Lynn said...

Vermillion is such a beautiful color and word. Lovely prose - thank you for this glimpse into your world.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

wonderful post, Anil.

thank you for sharing it.

:-)

..
.ero

The Things We Carried said...

I love the name of the post with the gorgeous boy!

Thank you fr your wors to my blog post today. So eloquent you are!

Anil P said...

Karen: Thank you.

Cynthia: He is applying the vermillion to his forehead after coming out of the temple he'd entered to pray that early morning.

Thank you.

Lynn: It is a beautiful colour, and very sacred as well in India.

Bare-Eyed Sun: Thank you.

The Things We Carried: Thank you. It's a pleasure.

magiceye said...

superb capture and lovely verse!

Pietro said...

This fine very image looks like an ancient painting. I like the poem too.

Merisi said...

And in the year 2009 AD, Vermeer finally reached Udupi! Wondrous image and poem. Vermillion, yes, Vermeer, yes! :-)

Grannymar said...

This makes me want to visit India all the more.

Mumbai Paused said...

Golden morning light has a new term: Vermillion Morning.

Cairo Typ0 said...

This is an amazing photo. Incredibly evocative. I love the play of light and dark here.

B SQUARED said...

Amen!

Lily Hydrangea said...

beautifully written. I love the word "Vermillion"!

Becky said...

I absolutely love the warmth of this picture. The oranges and reds are very inviting and soothing in this peaceful photo. Well done! The words are beautiful, too. I like this post a lot!

Steve said...

You were at the right place at the right time and got a wonderful shot.

Anil P said...

Magiceye: Thank you.

Pietro: It's an ancient temple. The stone is outside the temple. Thank you.

Merisi: Who can possibly surpass Vermeer for his ability with light? :-) I do hope I can see his works in my lifetime. Thank you.

Grannymar: It would be a most interesting experience. Thank you.

Mumbai Paused: Absolutely :-)

Cairo Typo: Thank you. Early mornings post monsoons can be a good time to step out with the camera.

B Squared: Thank you.

Lily Hydrangea: Thank you. The word sounds nice.

Becky: Thank you.Somehow I got lucky with the way the colours converged. It's a pleasure to know you liked the post.

Steve: Yes, I was at the right time at the right place. Luck played a part. Thank you.

neha said...

gorgeous writing as always. Though I think it'd work better if you remove the exclamation mark in the end.

Anil P said...

Neha: Thank you. Good suggestion. Done.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Ah, vermillion has always been a beautiful sight to behold. It is a powerful color! (the Romans considered it to be their most expensive pigment....)

I'm glad you opted to write a poem to go with this beautiful image.
"Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours," says Bonaparte.
A good sketch is better than a long speech (or A picture is worth a thousand words).

(Incidentally, on my recent post, I used vermillion but decided against it because it did not work well with my simple alliteration.)

Uma Gowrishankar said...

The photograph is an evocative poem and the poem is an arresting picture. Very beautiful!

Sarah Laurence said...

Beautiful image and poetry - you are so talented! I love these posts.

Lucy said...

Beautiful, photo and poem.

Fishbowl said...

I love your picture posts:)

Michelle said...

that was beautiful!

Anil P said...

TGF Cherry Blossom Street: Absolutely, it's a powerful colour indeed. Its association with Hinduisim probably dates back several thousand years.

It could also be because morning pictures ask the traveller to stay silent while they speak for him :-)

Uma Gowrishankar: Thank you. That was a lovely play of feelings you expressed.

Sarah Laurence: Thank you. It's a privilege to hear it from you.

Lucy: Thank you.

Fishbowl: Thank you :-)

Michelle: Thank you.

Sree said...

Kunkuma bannada arunodaya !
:)

CoyoteFe said...

Such quiet beauty. Thank you.

Anil P said...

Sree: Thank you.

CoyoteFe: Thank you.

Sunita said...

oh, I like that. Both the photo and the poem are very evocative, playing off images one against the other.

Anil P said...

Sunita: Thank you.

kestrel said...

The colours in the shot are beautifully in contrast

Turquoise Diaries said...

Beautiful photo, beautiful words..

Anil P said...

Kestrel: Thank you.

Turquoise Diaries: Thank you.