Thursday, June 22, 2006

the intangible necessity of our fragile beauty #1

Hello, Upright readers! My name is Cynthia Etheridge and I run the show here at The Compound. If you read Christopher Cunningham's poetry at all, you have me to thank for it: the poems don't get written around here without the smooth operation of the day to day functions at The Compound, and cracking the whip to get that lazy typist over to his machine in the first place. Kind of like Karl Rove to his G.W. Bush, for our wingnut friends out there. I mean, somebody has to take care of that irresponsible, drunken poet and his spoiled dog.

Anyway, I plan on presenting an irregular column that focuses on the small fragile beautiful things in our society, that captures the quick and fleeting instants of color in a dark world, that illustrates the intangible necessity of our fragile beauty. I'll try to tag each shot with a quotation that while not captioning the photo, will bring some additional perspective to the concept.

Hopefully, these flashes of something other than horror will help balance the struggle we all endure and can in some small way help us deal with the painful reality of life in such dangerous times.

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"When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other... - Chinese Proverb

"Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world..." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers..." - Basho

"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks..." - Tennessee Williams

Something small and simple to take with you, like the memory of a quiet place or the scent of a rose.


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Blogger j.b said...



First, for making CC write. You're as responsible for his genius as he (or at least as responsible for us reading them).

Second, for the photos. LOVE them. Well done. I love the daisy (the white one?) with the black and white in the back. Very nice.

It's great to have you on here and I look forward to more.

9:43 AM  
Blogger cat said...

We all need the balance in our lives. Thank you for helping to maintain that balance and reminding us that nothing is solely yin or yang.

It's all in perspective.

We choose how to look at situations as they arise. To find the beauty in life is just as much a struggle as it is a gift. I appreciate your gift of beauty.

1:19 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

yes indeed. these are all from the area around The Compound. there are a lot more where these came from and we'll have the pleasure of checking them out over the coming weeks. as an aside, I'd like to note that Cynthia is really a sweet passionate kind loving person (not some oldfashioned ranch hand wife, bitter and cronified, screeching and screeching as may have been somewhat implied by the amusing introduction I assured her was wildly funny), and though she runs the show at The Compound, she does it with gentleness and affection. she saves her real whip cracking for the assholes and nutdiggers of the world. and believe me, you don't want to be in her sights, unless she's taking pictures of you, baby. hope the intro didn't throw anyone; she's tough but fair, and after all, I am lazy as shit (jeez, you think you could deal with me and my crap for 16 years straight? hell no you couldn't, friend).

she's a goddamned flower herself and my best friend.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous MOM C said...

Beautiful gifts of flowers from a beautiful person, inside and out. Looking forward to more beauty and wisdom - love the captions - very wise and artistic selections. Keep up the good work - online and at the Compound!!

4:16 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

she sounds like a sweetheart. how is it, bud, that you and i found such beautiful women to take care of us?

the wife and i've been together 16 years, too. amazes me. how did we get so lucky? oh well, no sense wondering about it too much. they might wise up.

looking forward to more pictures.

7:48 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

jesus, are you two our sinister dopplegangers? true madness. and yes, they are very lucky, er..., we are very lucky indeed.

and mom is right: "..beautiful person..." surely.

we look forward to meeting yer lovely mate someday soon...

8:35 PM  
Blogger Luis said...


this is wonderful work.
there is elegance & beauty
in these photographs.
thanks for sharing these
jewels. perfect. The captions
were also well chosen. I love
the blue violet & I also
want to thank for sharing
your work & inspiring Chris to

10:15 PM  
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10:15 PM  
Blogger Partisanpoet said...

Nice to hear from you Cynthia. I don't know where most of us would be without our loving partners. Beautiful pictures and yes, balance must be kept and beauty appreciated in this otherwise short and fragile existance.

8:57 AM  
Blogger cynthia said...

hey sugerpies!

thanks everyone, it means a lot to me to know such good people, people who support each other and do work that matters such as writing poems and making art, living kind and generous lives and keeping us informed about the world. it is important to have a community of people who can freely communicate, and even better when that communication is so supportive and wise.

I hope my pictures will continue to bring some light into this dark world. thanks again.

11:03 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

i'm sure they will Cynthia.

you hit the nail on the head, there, in re: community.

it takes a village (to borrow a phrase from some moronic politician) but it's true. we need a community and this little experiment we call the blogosphere is allow such a community to develop. it's been a blast meeting you people, with like minds and like "likes"...and to see and share each others passions and arts.

i look forward to more of your photographs. well done! :)

10:25 PM  

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