Monday, February 22, 2010

Treasures for the Taking

From Blog10

The Lord gives treasures for the taking.
Freely strewn, they're all around--
These priceless gifts of his own making--
Whether clouds or weedy ground.

Do not despise his gracious giving.
Lift your voice in hearty praise
For that grace by which you're living.
Celebrate his wondrous ways.

And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so.
--Genesis 1:11


nothinghypothetical said...

How do you chose the pictures for your poems? I post a picture once a week, and my friend Romanos sometimes posts my poems with pictures he finds, but I never have.

Do you find the picture first or write the poem?

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks for the question, David. About half of the time I write the poem first, then choose a photo. The other half of the time, I pick out a photo and then write a poem that fits what the photo says to me. I usually have a pocket camera in a case on my belt. I take lots of photos. When I'm picking a photo for a poem, I just look through my photos from the preceding two or three or four months and pick the most appropriate. A few times a year I have a poem and no photo that will fit. I may then take a photo that fits. To look through lots of photos quickly, I use Google's free Picasa software.

On this blog, I think there's much more lasting value in the poems than in the photos, but I've noticed that people are more likely to comment on a poem if it has a photo.

I realize, of course, that some of the photos and some of the poems are much better than others. I operate on the theory that if I continue posting something new, people are more likely to visit the blog. On the other hand, maybe it would do more good if I waited and posted only one or two of the best poems each month.

My method of working would not necessarily work for someone else.

nothinghypothetical said...

One of the reasons I started including photos on my blog was because of your blog and another blog was the response of readers to photos and thought it would be well-received to experiment with it. Though I don't pair them with my poems, they are a separate, but complementary interest.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Another great poem, a hymn really, that edifies me. Thank you, brother!