No Sound of Water

photographs by
KELLY DuMAR | Psychotherapist + Photographer

 These photos are from my year-round, daily walks in the Charles River woods, meadows, and streams, where I live. I try to follow Thoreau’s advice to “walk with my free senses,” and “with a true sauntering of the eye.” 

WHAT are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,

You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,

And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),

And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

from “The Waste Land”, by T.S. Eliot

Enjoy more of Kelly’s work on her blog, Writing Truth & Beauty.
Kelly DuMar
My poetry is inspired by daily life, family life, love of nature and my nature photography. I write poetry from a strong sense of place - I live in the woods on the rural/suburban Charles River where I walk daily. #NewThisDay is my daily nature photo and creative writing blog where I compose very rough drafts of what moves and inspires me. Reflecting on the natural life cycle by taking pictures of plants, river, woods, swamps and meadows, allows me to reflect on my own process of growth and change, aging and new beginnings. I appreciate how nature teaches me to appreciate each step, each moment. Every day is a new, creative inspiration. Every photo I post and share is fresh from my photo stream each day of every season. I also teach creative and expressive writing, locally and nationally, often on the process I've developed - Writing Truth & Beauty - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration. My work as a leader on the board of the International Women's Writing Guild and the Transformative Language Arts Association is driven by my passion for inspiring others to express their truth and beauty creatively in the world. I'm thrilled that my newest poetry and prose chapbook, about my father's Alzheimer's, "Tree of the Apple," is upcoming this month from Two of Cups Press.
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