“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
Every spring, the earth sings a song of resurrection. It beckons forward new life. It promises hope and fullness. It hints that the reality of the situation is something simple and something pure. It urges me to lose myself. It reminds me that I am nothing and that I am everything all at once.
For my contribution to our project this month, I stepped outside my own home and photographed the inaugural bloom of a tulip. Just last year, this tulip was a simple bulb. Chosen and planted by my oldest daughter, it needed nothing but the constancy of the earth to bring it to bloom. This tulip is everything (and nothing, just like me).
Our Different Sameness is the combined effort of a group of photographers seeking to explore our human connection through images and words. In our attempt to authentically capture what may prove to be intangible and elusive, we seek only to journey together honestly. Every month, we will explore what it means to be human, and how we experience life as part of a collective. Our goal is not only to explore these themes, but to celebrate the sameness we find within them. To learn more about the project and view our work, visit us here.