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Monochrome Monday

a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Monochrome Monday ~ Hot Guys

he was so out of her league they hadn’t invented his league yet

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

what it is to be young, fit, and attractive

although older women don’t like that sort of thing

Scenes on Sunday ~ Winter Seascapes

we dream in colours borrowed from the sea and the sky

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the peace of a winter’s morning

Love’s Lost Friendship

whatever you want from me only love and friendship can give

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I learned that I can still cry

sorrow is the other face of joy

to grieve silently is to be human

lost and broken and yet I’m a man

now all this friend can say is goodbye

you were the only love I’ve ever known

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

dawn in New Mexico

a better time to say farewell

Sails and the Sea

Life is like sailing, you can use any wind to go in any direction

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scattered like butterflies

under grey autumn skies

reflected and mirrored

haze shimmered and silvered

riding the send of the sea

against a rising tide

ignoring our dreams

our plans and schemes

the sea has a life of it’s own

seems we can’t have it all

for I’m I’m no Bogy

and sadly you’re no Bacall

 

this is not Key Largo

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I must go down to the sea again

Dreams and Seascapes

My melancholy soul matches the grey sea

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Haunting music of the wind, wave counterpointed, grey sky echoed

Frames the seascape seascape bowl with solitary figure walking

A lonely man struggling, changing but ever the same

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@ talktalk.net

The loneliness of a beachcomber

now that she’s gone

I pushed her away, into the evening light, a million miles away

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from afar

where the night ended

a happy cry said it wasn’t over

and all at once I had it all

nothing else mattered

but my tears

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

wait ’till you see me cry

with tears of joy over my smile

Hobbies for Health

for me, saving the world and everyone in it is only a hobby

Now that I’m recovering from a bloody awful mental affliction, a good friend has suggested that I take up a hobby.  You know what?  After a moments reflection I decided that was a brilliant idea.  So I will take up a hobby.

But what is a hobby anyway?  Where do other ordinary normal day-to-day pursuits become hobbies?  And does a proper hobby have to be mostly harmless, inefficient, laborious, and useless?  I confess I googled hobbies and found a few incredibly long lists of hobbies, some of which activities I would have just taken to be everyday pursuits; like watching television.  No!

But I have a first stab at a short list of potential hobbies which may occupy my time, give me pleasure, be relaxing, and stop me having suicidal thoughts;

  • Art, and I mean doing it, most probably painting.  Thus far in my life the only things I’ve painted were walls, doors, cars, and boats.
  • Angling / Fishing.  I used to fish and gave it up because I felt sorry for anything I caught.
  • Calligraphy.  As it goes I have very good classical penmanship ~ but calligraphy takes that to a whole new level where writing in pen and ink becomes art.
  • Model making, although this seems a bit of a kids pastime.
  • Photography, which I already do a lot of but I could do more and do it better.
  • Reading.  I do a hell of a lot of that, but I’m certain there’s a way to turn casual reading into a constructive hobby.
  • Survivalist.  Not that I live in an earthquake zone, but add some of the other hobbies I’ve already thought about and I’m already a fair way to being a survivalist
  • Travel.  I love to travel, but is it a hobby for me, and could I turn it into one?  Maybe by mixing it with photography and writing.
  • Walking.  On average I walk 5 miles a day, but that’s not serious hobbyist walking.  More serious walking includes hiking, backpacking, and trekking.  So I have joined our local Ramblers Club, (how very English), who meet a couple of times a month and do some serious miles in all weathers.
  • Writing, and I already do some of that too, including being in a local writers group.

I’ve already realised that if you want your normal everyday activity to become a hobby you have to add a lot of time, money, and obsessiveness into the mix.  I can’t even turn my 5 miles a day walk into a hobby without buying a lot more expensive kit.

But, if you have any other ideas for a healthy, relaxing, challenging, difficult, self-improving activity, then please just tell me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

also, I do like making practical things; such as this planter

Monochrome Monday ~ Abandoned

art is never finished, only abandoned

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there’s more than one kind of abandoned

Scenes on Sunday ~ Cool Cars

a car isn’t a cool classic just because it’s old

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but some cars are always cool

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a connection to place,

to the land and the sky,

any long road trip is very special

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