Thursday, 25 April 2019

In A Garden.

                                                 ALL PHOTOS CLICK FULL SCREEN.
                                         In the beginning, 'I' was born within a garden.
                                                 other people lived in it back then.
                                                   and one of them was Lilith
                                                             no longer first wife...
                                         she had been thrown away and much neglected...
                                                           like dropped rubbish....
                                                        for being uncontrollable
                                                          and as yet untamed...
                                                               frequently willful
                                                                   too stubborn
                                                         and dangerous to manage
                                                               spiky and proud
                                                     'she' walked her own path in life
                                not biddable in any fashion. So a threat to the order of things.
                                some even called her 'that demon' and 'an unholy succreant.'
                                                     but 'I' knew her only as my friend.
as instinctive and life-giving as any nature drawn towards water... or sunlight feeding on stars.
                                              even, on occasion, as a playful companion...
                                                                as a mother...
                                                                and a teacher...
                                                       as wisdom personified....
                                 because she possessed all the hidden secrets of the garden...
                                                     and those who lived within it....
                                                      she knew every spider spy...
                                                            every observant bird...
                                                     every clever helpful serpent...

                            every sweet enchanted apple...a chosen few filled with venom inside
                                                          every fairy... every fawn...
                                                      every 'Eden' and every 'Adam'

                                         every compliant, complicit, self deceiving 'Eve'.
                                       'she' was not what they claimed her to be though...
                                         'Wicked'.             'An enchantress'.
                         they only said that as 'she' had defied them too often in the past....
                                picking the garden over their own interests wherever necessary....
                                               and for that they would despise her....
                                                      blacken her name and image....
                                 try to erase her thoughts and deeds from history altogether...
                                                   but we of the deep undergrowth....
                                                we creatures of 'the guardian spirit'.
                                                    we always knew 'the final truth'.

After hearing a well known Abba song on the car radio for the 1000th time it stuck me as very odd how little new, equally good, material gets frequent airplay these days and how often the same old familiar standards get trotted out every year. The song after that was Joan Baez- Diamonds and Rust, another oldie, but this was my first hearing of it and it was a real breath of fresh air, wondering who it was for several verses before working it out eventually. I do like Abba, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, etc but other more modern artists also exist and great music and classic ballads still arrive regularly post millennium. But they only become family standards if they get well known and played to a larger audience over time. Great music didn't end in the 1990s. Indie bands make a living touring live but the bland fluff that seems to dominate TV screens and radio airways over the last decade would be an affront to the experimental, constantly evolving, dynamic, radical 1960s. Everyone has different tastes in music and visual compilations of course but in my own small way I'll try to highlight classic songs and videos you may have missed first time around. Here's one.

































12 comments:

Kay G. said...

Beautiful photos from gardens! All I could think of was the hymn,In The Garden...a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Might have told you, my Aunt Jean was a gospel singer, I know a lot of gospel songs!

blueskyscotland said...

Hi Kay,
Thank you. Funnily enough, this post was inspired by the Bible, and the original Hebrew mythology of Lilith, Adam's first wife before Eve in earlier older versions. Also my recent east coast travels and understanding of what the witchcraft trials were really all about, seen through modern eyes... reflecting certain situations currently playing out today. A post on many different levels :)

Carol said...

Haven't seen an adder for many years now - very sad :-(

blueskyscotland said...

Hi Carol,
You mean they've been subtracted from the landscape? :-)
Last time I was rock climbing in Northumberland they had plenty sunbathing on the paths walking into the various climbs. Quite worrying thinking you might come face to face with one halfway up a vertical wall, reclining on a ledge, just waiting for an unlucky head to appear.

Rosemary said...

There is a wonderful statue on the West Façade of Notre Dame Cathedral showing Lilith as the serpent wound around the tree between Adam and Eve. Your highly imaginative tale accompanied by some love images has made me wonder whether or not it has survived that dreadful fire.

blueskyscotland said...

Hi Rosemary,
Never knew about that particular example but she later routinely became the serpent in the bible in books rather than a person, reduced in history from an earlier more prominent role,similar to many other, formally important, biblical female figures who suffered the same fate, like Mary Magdalene, reduced to a fallen women ( according to many historians she was a prominent disciple at the start). This post came mainly from already having Lilith, a Gothic novel(published in 1895 by George MacDonald)in my bookcase and watching Secrets of the Bible and several new research archeology type programmes recently, examining the details within from a purely non religious aspect- yet still finding remarkably accurate information contained within the stories to back them up with plausible scientific explanations. Like the modern rational to explain the plagues of Egypt as a natural series of unfolding events that could equally happen today under the right circumstances. Fascinating stuff in my old age as I always ran instinctively from anything to do with religion in my youth. And still do.... :o)

Anabel Marsh said...

Great words and images!

blueskyscotland said...

Cheers Anabel,
I always start off with a quick simple idea then get sidetracked into complexity. Took ages.

Andy said...

Beautiful and eclectic set of photos to cheer up a grey afternoon (both clouds and my mood)

blueskyscotland said...

Cheers Andy,
Many ancient cultures around the world seem to have a similar enchantress figure, not only the bible (Lilith, Middle East) but Morrigan (Celtic) who later became Morgan le fay (Morgana) in Arthurian legend. Indian subcontinent myths etc...
Always something along the lines of... beware the lone female....?

Ian Johnston said...

Some really great images here Bob - nature's palette!

:o)

blueskyscotland said...

Cheers Ian.