Be Still Life

By Megan

The pages of my life turn so fast. I lay in my bed this morning while the smallest napped, and thought of yesterday, sweet yesterday in the park, already a chapter gone by. Everything’s ticking, ticking, ticking; even the hums and drones and whirs of everyday life measure the bars of this family’s life, lived.


Be still so I can catch you, my mind begs the sparkling sunlight as it shimmies up and down a curl sweeping my daughter’s face. Stay right there, I beseech the gentle breeze that tickles a smiling gasp from the baby’s perfect lips.


This is why I write; this whisking away and re-drawing of every second the reason my camera’s never far from these busy hands. The writing takes me full-circle round a moment I glanced from just one angle and shows me what else was there. Oh, how else my heart can see when I gently hold and turn a conversation, a gesture, a thought until I find and unlock the passage to its real meaning. And in photos I pin down elusive light and color against the flutter of love and laughter and purpose and concentration, and even that ugly pout turns perfect, altered by a click and a second and third look.

Time ticks backwards once, twice, forever in even an amateur’s simple studies.

I’m not an artist, just a woman reaching out to catch what is hers for now as life goes by.


Catch more proudly amateurish words and pictures of my life, lived, at FriedOkra.

13 Responses to Be Still Life
  1. melissa
    August 24, 2009 | 3:01 am

    so beautiful!

  2. Megan
    August 24, 2009 | 9:43 am

    You captured my heart perfectly with this. So beautiful.

  3. Kellyn
    August 24, 2009 | 10:41 am

    So wonderfully writen!

  4. Beck
    August 24, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    Oh MEGAN! This post was MAGIC!

  5. patois
    August 24, 2009 | 2:40 pm

    I’m so glad I followed Beck’s tweet to hie over here and read this. Gorgeous.

  6. rachel-asouthernfairytale
    August 24, 2009 | 2:55 pm

    LOVE this! Simply love.

  7. Hannah
    August 24, 2009 | 4:37 pm

    Lovely post, Megan.

  8. feefifoto
    August 24, 2009 | 11:10 pm

    The last picture is precious. Some of the best photos are the ones where the subjects don’t even know they’re being shot. You can get a great feeling of intimacy. They’re clearly engaged with each other.

  9. Courtney
    August 25, 2009 | 8:13 am

    You have some of the most beautiful children! And you can just see the love between them.

    I love going through my camera and discovering a shot that in the moment didnt seem all that special but in hindsight shows something way more than i could have asked for.

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