these watery things

My life is going through a lot of changes at the moment. These are changes which I have instigated. Things are shifting. It is exciting, but extremely unsettling, and there are times when I question my motives for stirring up the waters. I question why I am constantly compelled to confront what is real and safe and solid. Sometimes it helps me to express these feelings with my images and sometimes I write words too, which I cannot call as substantial as poetry or prose, but…. well, they are just something.

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In these moments, when the frayed ends of a tightly wound skein begin to unravel. When the warm, solid earth beneath my feet seems to shift. When I look up, and even the clear blue sky wavers and shimmers, teasing like a mirage in the temperate desert heat. Watery things are playful things; beguiling and dissembling. They steal the light and scatter it joyfully like pebbles, skimming this way and that. Dodging and darting here and there.

Impossible to gather in my arms.

Every time I look, things are different… as if my eyes are shifting. A pair of aqueous orbs.

Every time, it is new.

Don’t confess your secrets to those watery things. They will suck them in greedily and and then spit them out like polished cherry stones.


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© images and words by Emily Hughes, 2015

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21 Comments on “these watery things

  1. Such expressive words and images Emily. A very special ‘just something’. I have really enjoyed feeling the changes that you are going through. Change is thrilling but not always comfortable is it?

  2. Just how some changes can feel I think – searching for form, looking for clues, changing your shape to fit a new form, hoping the water will clear. I feel drawn to the in-betweens as much as I’m frightened by them I think – anything is possible..great images Emily!

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