Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I'm posting every day in October for The Nester's #31Days link-up. Click here to see all of my posts in this series.

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.

-Edward Weston

This time I'm not slacking, per se, so much as deciding to step back and let a much more eloquent writer say a few words today.

I came across this great poem by Billy Collins and it's just lovely.

You have probably come across
those scales in planetariums
that tell you how much you
would weigh on other planets.

You have noticed the fat ones
lingering on the Mars scale
and the emaciated slowing up
the line for Neptune.

As a creature of average weight,
I fail to see the attraction.

Imagine squatting in the wasteland
of Pluto, all five tons of you,
or wandering around Mercury
wondering what to do next with your ounce.

How much better to step onto
the simple bathroom scale,
a happy earthling feeling
the familiar ropes of gravity,

157 pounds standing soaking wet
a respectful distance from the sun.

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