Mar 20 2013

Two Forms, One Soul — Rumi

Posted by Knonie

Photo ©Knonie


Happy is the moment, when we sit together,
With two forms, two faces, yet one soul,
you and I.

The flowers will bloom forever,
The birds will sing their eternal song,
The moment we enter the garden,
you and I.

The stars of heaven will come out to watch us,
And we will show them
the light of a full moon –
you and I.

No more thought of “you” and “I.”
Just the bliss of union –
Joyous, alive, free of care, you and I.

All the bright-winged birds of heaven
Will swoop down to drink of our sweet water –
The tears of our laughter, you and I.

What a miracle of fate, us sitting here.
Even at the opposite ends of the earth
We would still be together, you and I.

We have one form in this world,
another in the next.

To us belongs an eternal heaven,
the endless delight of you and I.

Jan 8 2013

A Foggy Morning

Posted by Knonie

Almost caught cold that morning, but it was a unique experience strolling in the chilling fog.

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Foggy Morning, ©Knonie

Sep 24 2012

Love, Pablo Neruda.

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Flower bud, Photo ©Knonie


Because of you, in gardens of blossoming
Flowers, I ache from the perfumes of spring.
I have forgotten your face, I no longer
Remember your hands; how did your lips
Feel on mine?

Because of you, I love the white statues
Drowsing in the parks, the white statues that
Have neither voice nor sight.

I have forgotten your voice, your happy voice;
I have forgotten your eyes.

Like a flower to its perfume, I am bound to
My vague memory of you. I live with pain
That is like a wound; if you touch me, you will
Make to me an irreperable harm.

Your caresses enfold me, like climbing
Vines on melancholy walls.

I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to
Glimpse you in every window.

Because of you, the heady perfumes of
Summer pain me; because of you, I again
Seek out the signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.

— Pablo Neruda.

From the book “Passions and Impressions”
© 1978 by the Estate of Pablo Neruda
Translation by Margaret Sayers Peden© Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc.

Jul 25 2011

White wild thorn-apple flowers in the rain

Posted by Knonie

Early in the morning today, it was cloudy so I thought of having some outdoor visit exploring some nature. Since it’s Monsoon here, and various kind of flora and fauna can be seen in abundance. You can see wild plants. weeds with attractive flowers, beetles, bugs and worms having conspicuous patterns and rich colors,  and so much more for those having an eye for nature’s variety.  I’m always attracted towards these things since I was a kid, and now that I have a camera, it’s more easy to record my observations and share them with others.

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Thorn-apple moonflower

Here are few of the photos of flower of a somewhat wild plant, usually known as “Thorn-Apple” [due to its round fruit having spikes all around it]. Also called Moonflower because of its close resemblance to an ornamental plant having similar flowers. I usually see this plant growing in deserted places where all the usual weed grows. Even that plant is not usually considered as a domestic ornamental plant, perhaps due to its toxicity, still you can see how beautiful nature is even in the wild…

Thorn-apple moonflower
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May 24 2011

Berries, thorns and flowers: A photo study

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Here are few of the photos I took and processed…

Wild berriesCalotropis FlowerSome kind of NettleCalotropis flowerWild berriesPlant: Calotropis, Apple of Sodom, Urdu: Aak

Nov 30 2010

The Beauty of White Bougainvillea Flowers

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White flowers carry an aura of grace and style with a hint of sophistication. Bougainvillea is a very common domestic flowering plant in Pakistan. It is a climber shrub, so it is usually found hanging over the boundary walls of the houses or the corners of the lawns. Most common colors are magenta/purple, red-orange, and white, along with other hybrid-colored petals.

Last week I went to my village and saw a wall covered with white Bougainvillea and that’s where I took some photos using my cellphone, and here they are…

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White BougainvilleaWhite Bougainvillea Click thumbnail to view larger versions of the photos in a pop-up lighbox.

Camera: HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch
Date: 21 November, 2010
Location: Village Nirali/Narali, Gujar Khan, Pakistan.