Friday, February 20, 2015


A  L  O  H  A !

“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”

"All my life, 
as down an abyss 
without a bottom. 
I have been pouring 
van loads of information 
into that vacancy 
of oblivion 
I call my mind." 
                                Logan Pearsall Smith 

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.” 
 Antonio Porchia

" Then, 
from the black storm 
through which we seem
 to have passed. . . 
 we emerge prostrate, 
without a thought, 
a we that is void 
of content.” 
 Marcel Proust

“Youth always tries 

to fill the void, 

an old man learns

 to live with it.” 

        Mark Z. Danielewski


If you put
your ear to mine
you'll hear the ocean;
I'm hollow
but fine.

Ever feel vacant
in a not-bad way?

Is this
what they call
"Re - lax - ation"



eileeninmd said...

Aloha, Cloudia! Great photos and quotes. I would want to believe it is what they call relaxation! Have a happy Friday and weekend ahead..

the walking man said...

I don't call it relaxation but rather peace and quiet.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I think of it as a time off from worries. Great pictures and quotes; I enjoyed this mini-visit to Hawaii!

6 degrees outside.


PerthDailyPhoto said...

I looove feeling vacant, not in a bad way :)

Grand Crapaud said...

It takes a smart person to enjoy the vacant moments.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

A rainbow to start our day!

Thanks, Cloudia!

Charles Gramlich said...

Hollow but fine. Sounds like a pretty good way to be.

Brian Miller said...

learning to live with my void...smiles...i must be becoming an old man...ha

aloha from v a

Akelamalu said...

Our daffodils are showing - it will soon be Spring!

Myrna R. said...

I love the rainbow picture, and your words.

RedPat said...

I love to catch moments of being vacant!

Cloudia said...

Thanks, Jolly Pals

LOLfromPasa said...

Perfect word, Vacant, for a feeling I don't often experience. Ah, think I will go for it :).

Cloudia said...

Go for it! Thanks

Bob Bushell said...

Pretty pictures.

Karen S. said...

Possibly, but a blissful feeling for sure! Juicy quotes today such vision in van loads of anything! What is she stirring?

William Kendall said...

The rainbow's a welcome sight!

Merlesworld said...

Those pictures are just a bit different.

orvokki said...

Lovely post.
I love the last aforism a lot, it makes me smile.
Have a happy weekend.

Leilani Lee said...

Our daffodils (whose green shoots were just starting to come up) are now buried under about a foot of snow. Oh well. Perhaps they will survive...

ds said...

Oh, there is such truth in this (these quotes, the general sentiment). Your photos as always wonderful, especially the rainbow (but I am a foolish optimist and believe in rainbows as omens). Vacant only happens at the end of a really good yoga class....

Adam said...

good quotes

Teresa said...

The pictures today are wonderful. You outdid yourself with the quotes. Maybe you're hollow because you're like a hose. You receive it and then share it, so that you can receive some more. I am glad you always share and receive and receive and share.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful pictures and I love the last one with the rainbow colours. I would say shifting focus from self to enjoy and appreciate the things around us.

Myrna R. said...

Deep relaxation, meditation at its best. Miss you. Hope to reconnect.