Imperfection

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lemon smile
you bear a
disposition of
ignorance of
beauty

your vibrant arms
enclose me
an embrace of
warmth
melting the frost
layered upon
me in
a cold world

without you
vivid
ablaze with ethical
perfection
what would this world be?

frozen, numbed
no sun to thaw
the envy
bitterness
sabotage
the imperfection
of Earth

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

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a swelling of
the heart
every inhalation brings
sweating of
my palms
of scalding fires
when I see
you
your piercing eyes
burn
infusing my world
with
the sweet fragrance
crisp taste
of something
mysterious
and new
this must be love

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project Wk 5

Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Dear Bloggers,

So this week, I haven’t been doing a heap of photographing as it has been pouring with rain and, really, I’ve been continually busy! However, I am going to be posting more poems rather than photographs.

I have learned, over the past couple of weeks, that it is vital to practice and to gather motivation and inspiration from others! So I will be posting a few of the inspirational websites that I have come across.

The following blogs are WordPress blogs that, even prior to the beginning of the passion project, I followed and admired. From stunning photography to connecting poetry, these blogs really are the inspiration for my passion!

https://leafandtwig.wordpress.com

http://throughopenlens.com/

http://movingtowardsthelight.com/

http://anntogether.com/

I will also be experimenting with a variety of poem structures. Recently, I have been focusing on ‘free verse’ and writing poems that are entirely unique to me. However, I am intrigued by the many forms of poetry, therefore my eagerness will be served!

Currently, I have been writing with these types of poetry:

– free-verse
a poem rhymed or unrhymed (in my case unrhymed)

– Shakespearean sonnet
a poem with a strict rhyming pattern (whoops!) rhyming pattern – abab, cdcd, efef, gg

However, I would like to try a few of these interesting types of poetry:

– pantoum
A Pantoum is a type of poem with a verse form consisting of three stanzas. It has a set pattern within the poem of repetitive lines.
The pattern in each stanza is where the second and fourth line of each verse is repeated as the first and third of the next. The pattern changes though for the last stanza to the first and third line are the second and fourth of the stanza above (penultimate). The last line is a repeat of the first starting line of the poem and the third line of the first is the second of the last.

– renga poem
Renga, means ‘linked poem’. Poets worked in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.

– rondeau poem
A Rondeau is a short poem consisting of fifteen lines that have two rhymes throughout. The first few words or phrase from the first line are repeated twice in the poem as a refrain.

– blank verse poem
A blank verse is a poem with no rhyme but does have iambic pentameter. This means it consists of lines of five feet, each foot being iambic, meaning two syllables long, one unstressed followed by a stressed syllable.

– Tyburn
A Tyburn Poem is a six line poetic form where the first four lines consist of just a single two syllabled word each that all rhyme. The last two lines are nine syllables where the fifth to eighth syllables are the words from the first four lines.

– ode
An Ode is a lyric poem, usually addressing a particular person or thing. It originated in Ancient Greece

I’ll keep posting as I experiment with the different types of poetry!

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Crimson Canopies

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

 

deep, chestnut skin
cracked, dehydrated
crimson canopies
burning
catching alight as they
brush the sun

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Dear Bloggers,

This was taken with my Dad’s Samsung Galaxy S4. Very good quality, 13MB but great all the same. I did not have an SLR then, now, instead of playing around with his phone camera, I have an SLR that I can play around with. Still, never underestimate the abilities of a phone! Especially Samsung! Keep scrolling for the poem!

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Enveloped
in lilac flower
are the faeries
awaiting
an agapanthus bloom

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped.”

Enveloped

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Dear Bloggers,

I have recently discovered the ‘The Daily Post’ for photography. This fits beautifully with my Passion Project of photography and poetry (Poetography). This week’s challenge was ‘Forces of Nature’.

I have chosen the beauty of small things. I have picked a selection of photographs that I have taken with my new Canon EOS 400D Digital that my Dad brought home from work. I took these photos around my house and down the local area.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
– Aaron Siskind

So true. With this new camera, I have been able to acheive some great things, in my opinion. What do you think? I’ll pop a poem I will write down the bottom, so keep scrolling!

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

real beauty
genuine elegance
only appears in nature
innocence is beauty
peace is beauty
soft hues are beauty
the forces of nature
not always powerful
but dainty
small large
powerful powerless
beautiful
this is
real beauty

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

All photographs copyright. Subject to Olivia Cejnar, 2015

Forces of Nature

Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Monotone Canvas

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

monotone canvas
painted
hostile obsidian
raven feathers
enclosing, protecting
wet acrylic
pure, rich black
one inconsistency
a dirty yellow moon
unfulfilled, floating
an accident
on a monotone canvas

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 2

Homework, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, School

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

Week 2 of my Passion Project! This week, we are required to write about the preparation of our term-long project, the skills, resources and materials that will be needed in order to complete a thorough and well planned project.

In case you missed my Week 1 Post, here’s a recap of what I will be doing for my project.

“I wanted to incorporate my passion for writing and poetry with photography. As you can see if you click on the ‘MyPhotography’ / ‘Photo Editing’ categories, I have been taking macro shots with the digital camera and uploading it to my blog. As an addition to this, I have found wonderful inspiration and have discovered poetry photography, or photography which is written about and described using free verse photography. A few of the blogs that have acted as an inspiration to me include: The Ancient Eavesdropper Raindrops, Passion Through Poetry, Nina Joan, The Darkroom Nerd and more… See my blogroll for more.

Long story short, I have decided to do poetry and photography as my passion project. The learning aspect of this is that I will learn how to use an SLR camera and demonstrate these skills by taking photos and experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I will then be writing free-verse poetry about these photos and posting it on my blog. For the presentation of the project, these posts will be put in a portfolio and made into a book.”

I have decided to call my project Poetography, as it will incorporate learning how to use an SLR camera and poetry to broaden my perspective of the world and my appreciation of it. Though in order for me to complete this project, I will need to prepare a number of materials, skills and resources. This will be an exciting project to carry out as I have had no experience, in fact, I have never even handled an SLR / DSLR camera of any kind.

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I need to learn these skills…

  • how to photograph using an SLR camera (no experience)
  • aperture, ISO, shutter speed, depth of field
  • angled shots
  • edit photos
  • sharpen images and use RAW
  • enhance photos and colour

I need these resources / materials…

  • a camera – SLR
  • computer to edit and write poems
  • information sources – to learn about photography
  • photography/poetry blogs to read and be inspired

I will know I have completed my task when…

  • I am able to easily enhance my photos using photo editing
  • Be able to explain clearly what each feature is
  • Be able to incorporate into my photography and explain what I have done
  • Produce quality images with descriptive, thoughtful poetry

An example of one of the Poetograph posts I have done are as follow:

https://wordingonawhim.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/1036/

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Into The Depths

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an infinite mass
of deep blue
occult and mystery
ever resonant flavours
in an unfathomable abyss
gradually melting
into the depths
of the earth

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Ivory Saffron

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ivory saffron
melts into lilac blush
fragile fingers, blemished
reach towards a luscious nectar
effervescent champagne tears
dapple wounded petals
verdant greens contrast
starkly

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

At Witching Hour…

Life, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

titian blush
seeps through
ethereal clouds
igniting, smoldering
gliding across
forest canopy
mystery of
decrepit dwelling
its occult
its secrets
concealed by twilight
at witching hour

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 1

Create, Homework, Life, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, School, Writing

Dear Readers,

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May your imagination drive you towards your star. The star with your name branded onto it. Pursue that gleaming treasure, no interstellar experience required, for discovering your passion is worth each step. Some stars may prove bigger than those of others, but beauty is certain for all. Dream. Live. Love.
– Olivia Cejnar (me)

What might this mean for you? Whether you have decided on a career already, perhaps you are battling with yourself in the midst of selecting a lifetime wish, or possibly, you are determining which subjects you shall elect for middle school.

Pivotal decisions are inevitable in life, no matter the stage you may currently be within. However, the fundamental approach to persevering through these times is to bear in to bear in mind you. Train your eye to that shimmering star, the one that has your name scribed into it.

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No matter how big that star is, despite how its reputation may be perceived in society, love conquers all. Therefore, be resilient, courageous, be bold and worthy of capturing your star. Achieve the dreams that you want. May this be anything that catches the path of your eye.

The importance of chasing your dreams and your star has been acknowledged in our school, resulting in a thorough and personal task to be completed over the course of 9 weeks. The project is regarding the subject of passions, and has proved quite a revolution in school projects / homework for us! Our accustomed view of tedious, tiresome homework has changed, and an innovative spark of stimulating and motivating ideas has created an animated attitude concerning homework.

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I suspect, after paragraphs of my rambling on about the importance of loving what you do and doing what you love, be eager to know what the project is! It is, in fact, a Passion Project (as you may have gathered from the image). This task is entirely personalised by the student, meaning that they may choose their project, so long as there is an educational value in the task.

One popular idea is to gather a portfolio of childhood recipes and create a cookbook based on this. The learning aspect of this is to learn how to cook, how to design an appealing cookbook and potentially how to create recipes. Another popular idea is to write a short novella, and for some, illustrate it. The learning feature of this project is learning the details of planning a book and the tedious process of writing it. This particular project incorporates many details that prove time-consuming, but exciting.

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Initially, my mind was spinning with potential projects that I could choose, however after reflecting on these possibilities and summoning my introspective conscience, I decided that none of these particular projects proved correct for me. A few of my preliminary thoughts are as follow: After playing the violin for eight years and becoming fairly advanced, I thought I could incorporate my passion and adoration for music into my passion project. Such musical ideas included composing a violin concerto. I decided to discard this though, simply because this would prove to become less exciting than it seems, after the first few weeks. I needed something light-hearted and intriguing that I could become engrossed in throughout the entire period of time we were carrying out our projects for.

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My second musical idea was to thoroughly research a small selection of composers (preferably composers whose pieces are already in my Suzuki book) and put this information into a suitable sized book. Following this, I would prepare a piece from each composer to perform at the presentation day. Being who I am, I would find the latter part of project slightly embarrassing and daunting. I did consider simply taking this part out, however then the project would become slightly dull.

Similarly to many other girls in my class, the idea of writing a novella did appear in my mind due to my passion for writing and ‘painting with words’. Despite this adoration and sense of tranquillity when I write, I have never seemed to have the will power to write more than five to ten pages of a book! I have since discovered that descriptive, free verse poetry is the writing that I love. You can view my poetry and photography in the posts below, and in the category labelled ‘Poetry’.

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From this idea and a sudden love, if not obsession with photography, I developed my Nobel Prize winning project solution. During the holidays, I discovered this photography obsession of mine, from my mum’s iPhone (8megapixels) to my Dad’s Samsung Galaxy S4 (13 megapixels) to the (fairly rubbish) 12 megapixel digital camera. Using a digital camera is easy and takes photos that are fine even perfect for a family simply wanting to capture memories without any hassle, but I wanted more, I felt restricted by these cameras and not having the ability to experiment with aperture, shutter speed or ISO.

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I wanted to incorporate my passion for writing and poetry with photography. As you can see if you click on the ‘MyPhotography’ / ‘Photo Editing’ categories, I have been taking macro shots with the digital camera and uploading it to my blog. As an addition to this, I have found wonderful inspiration and have discovered poetry photography, or photography which is written about and described using free verse photography. A few of the blogs that have acted as an inspiration to me include: The Ancient Eavesdropper Raindrops, Passion Through Poetry, Nina Joan, The Darkroom Nerd and more… See my blogroll for more.

Long story short, I have decided to do poetry and photography as my passion project. The learning aspect of this is that I will learn how to use an SLR camera and demonstrate these skills by taking photos and experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I will then be writing free-verse poetry about these photos and posting it on my blog. For the presentation of the project, these posts will be put in a portfolio and made into a book.

Keep posted to see my project develop!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Memory Capture

Life, MyPhotography, Poems, Writing
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flickering heartbeat
of shutter
captures
conquers memoirs
of our life
light playful
bouncing, invading
reflecting, enhancing
our recollection of
the most extraordinary
memories

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Flush of Vermilion – ANZAC

Poems, Writing

 

flush of vermilion
spatters
across a field
as trigger pulled
eagle soars
paced for the kill
rooted deep in the heart
of khaki soldier
courage sacrifice
innocence mateship

bounds his ashes
even at dusk.
gaunt figures
vermilion flushed
are ragdolls
smiling ghosts
who fought for
our freedom
will be ever alive
in our thoughts
lest we forget

Olivia, writing on a whim…
May we all remember them.

I See You

Poems, Writing
Taylor Swift, Mean

Taylor Swift, Mean

You
your words calloused
lazy, unkempt
hostility constant
coldblooded

You
a smile ceaseless
but ever forged,
forever a sly
deception

You
your soul tenuous
spite abundant
inflicting my
misery

You
to me, a leaf
of plastic
synthetic, transparent
uncovered
I see you

I see right through you
you not you
but never shall I fathom
your obscure
cruelty

Olivia, writing on a whim…

 

Crescent Moon

Poems, Writing
Photo Credit: CarlMilner via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: CarlMilner via Compfight cc

Crescent moon
unfulfilled
casting silvery glow
a dappled treasure
a lustrous trinket
whispers in the wind

Olivia, writing on a whim…

To Grow Again

Poems, Writing

Photo Credit: Michael Lynn Jr via Compfight cc

Floating
in an infinite
sea of atoms,
it drifts by
crisp blue daisies,
it brushes the
sweet plum tree,
it whips through
the soft fur
of a bear,
and falls into
its new muddy womb,
the seed, ready
to grow again…

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Grasshopper

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me)

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me)

Chromatic, vivid
apple greens
of lush shrubbery
and blossoming buds
the
c
u
r
v
e
d

but elegant body
of a beady
grasshopper

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Butterfly

Create, Poems, Writing
Cabbage Butterfly. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Cabbage Butterfly. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

A gentle heartbeat
of flapping wings
as they drift lightly
on a summer breeze.

The vibrant song of
a blooming floret like a stand
as a cabbage ‘fly’s beating wings
halts to a
s t o p.

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Clouds

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My first abstract poem, inspired by photographic poets in blogroll*.

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Clouds
weightlessly floating, gliding
across a blue mass
as it bleeds
from sun’s searing touch,
gilded with its golden glow.

Olivia, writing on a whim…

P.S * = scroll down for blogroll to see my poetic inspiration.