Category Archives: Prose

Private Escapes

I recently published my first photography book titled Private Escapes .

‘Private Escapes’  came about as a result of my daughter Emily (above) being very ill with IBS for almost a year.  Emily would go silently to her private escapes and be with the world again when she was slightly better. One of Emily’s escapes was poetry and one of her poems she wrote during this time is below. Seeing Emily’s approach led to me exploring other people’s places they go to for refuge when things get difficult.

In the book I explored the Private Escapes of eight individuals. Each of them was very unique and touching, each of them a wonderful window onto the person involved.

 Create Escapes 

When lights go out and tide rolls in,

The night is darkest before dawn,

When creatures seep through walls and skin

and the fox sheds a tear for the fawn.

When heavens open and the skies they fall,

the haze shatters like broken glass

white wings, dipped in oil span against it all

The black and blue hearts – heal at last

When the shapeshifting soul folds a final time

Years draw on, and my flesh it wilts,

When dreams are cast above,

the colours in their prime bundled up

in rich cushions and quilts.

When I write about waves looping to a crash

Trees sculpting themselves beyond gaze

Soaring mountains roaring through earth’s path

What I mean is to create an escape.

E A Charlton, 2016

 


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Go Silently – Welcome

Welcome to Go Silently a photography blog inspired by

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

Go Placidly by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). 

This blog is about the seeking and finding quiet space in a chaotic world.  Go Silently is a blog about finding moments of space in everyday places and everyday activities.

I will post here a  recently taken image linked with a sentence or two from  ‘Go Silently’.

All the images are my own and all rights are reserved. Sharing is welcome as are comments, opinions good or critical.

Go Silently!

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Go ‘Placidly’ amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Go Placidly by .Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)

(NB. ‘Placid’ has a slightly different meaning in 2016 so often the word is changed to ‘Silently’.