There Are No Fixed Stars – Day Eight – Formations

What do you see, in the forest in the sand?
This is what I have found –
There is no wrong way in.
There are myriad paths.
It is as dense as time allows.
Its depth unfurls in the looking.
It has no less creatures
Than the verdant kind.
You can still get lost.
It shows me
How there can be beauty in chaos;
In letting life happen.
And it does all this
Whether I am there to see it, or not.
I wonder if it’s still there now,
As I write.
As I think of everything that needed to happen
For that one moment to exist.
All the processes of sea and sand that brought it to fruition,
And of what it took
For me to arrive
At the same point.

By Emma Hynes

This image and story are part of a project I have devised called There Are No Fixed Starsmy creative response to living with COVID-19 restrictions. On 22 October 2020, Ireland’s highest level of protective measures was invoked nationwide for a period of six weeks. Starting on that date, and continuing for the duration, I plan to capture a new image each day, and write a piece inspired by it. The only restrictions are that I take the photograph and write the text within this timeframe. To receive these daily posts to your inbox, you can subscribe by hitting the follow button to the right, and entering your email address. They will also be posted to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles; I may even read a selection on my YouTube channel. You can follow or subscribe to any of those at the links below. In a time when variety, freedom, stimulation and spontaneity are necessarily inhibited, my hope is to experience these each day through the creation of something new, and that the resulting pieces might do the same for anyone who chooses to view or read them.

Emma Hynes
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There Are No Fixed Stars
Day One – A Creative Response to Now
Day Two – Suspension
Day Three – From the Perspective of the Dahlia
Day Four – The Writer at Dawn
Day Five – Beneath the Viaduct
Day Six – Nature’s Book
Day Seven – The Lighthouse

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