What you see when you are on the street

I’ve been spending time downtown in my city recently, and I took this wonderful shot of a utility box that had been painted into a piece of art – a box of popcorn!

Photo by Theresa Barker.

I love these little art mini-murals, for two reasons:  1) it’s great to see something unusual made out of a utilitarian piece of industrial equipment like a utility box, and 2) it keeps the box from becoming trashed by graffiti and vandalism.  This particular box happens to be across the street from a special movie theater, the Cinerama (upper left of the photo), which runs huge 70-mm films, and calls itself “Seattle’s Most Epic Movie Experience.”  Yeah!  History and info herehttps://cinerama.com/History.aspx  Isn’t it fun to have a big box of popcorn mural on the street in front of a historic movie theater?

Update:  neglected garden re-planting

My friend and fellow blogger Dahlia has been asking me about my little garden plot that I posted about a few weeks ago.  It’s still going well!  I’ve got a few update photos:

This was the little area that has been neglected and abandoned at the edge of our yard, and over the past few years it became overgrown with invasive plants.  I took the time finally this March to clear out the troublesome plants and to plant it carefully with native plants, then I added compost on top of the soil to help get it going.

Photo by Theresa Barker.

In my post I was reflecting that so often we do little jags of writing here and there but don’t give our writing the concerted and kind attention that helps it grow and become stronger.  – Like this part of my yard!  Dahlia’s question reminded me of my topic for that post, which was the value of paying attention, regularly and with kindness, to one’s writing as well as one’s gardening.  I am happy to report that both the garden, and my writing project, are benefiting from regular and kind attention.  I hope you are giving your own writing or photography or art the same!

Fiction:  “Garden”

I wrote a small story (101 words) about a recent visit to our Seattle Japanese Garden, which opened for the season on March 1.  It’s beautiful there in all seasons, but especially this time of year just before the trees start to leaf out and before the summer blossoms come.  Here is the website: Seattle Japanese Garden

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In the Japanese Garden
Theresa Barker

Stones line the pathway to the Tea House.  Invisible waters cascade down the brook bed.  Red winter branches of delicate maples pattern the emerald moss below.

Does the moss think:  I am here to pad the way for falling leaves?  Does the tree think:  I am here to scatter my leaves upon the moss’s head?

Stones growl and sigh with anchored certainty while the trees sway and steal the wind’s transience from the air.  A woman, a man, passing, understand nothing of the musical whisperings that float among the botanical beings of the garden.  Only the earth understands.

Thanks for visiting!

20 thoughts on “What you see when you are on the street

  1. Your story is so vivid and poetic – loved “steal the wind’s transience from the air.” How lovely!!! And the little garden patch is coming along really beautifully – thank you for humoring my request. Be warned, I shall do so again in a couple of months 😀 I also enjoyed the popcorn mural – except I am desperate for some hot crisp buttery popcorn and a good movie too! Have a wonderful day

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  2. ‘Only the earth understands’. Love the concluding line from your story.
    On another note, I have to comment upon the gorgeous green surroundings you are blessed with. Must be such a pleasure to work on it. And have to put in a word of appreciation for the popcorn box…now only if it started dispensing the real deal 😉 xx

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    1. Oh! I like that idea of having the box dispense 🍿 popcorn!

      And, yes, we are fortunate it is so green. You have lots of snow and frozen ground yet, I’ll bet!

      And that’s for your kind message about my ending line! Xx

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  3. What a beautiful reminder, to give some kind attention to our writing, gardening or whatever we practice each day…we also have decorative utility boxes in our city and I’m always thrilled when I come across one…I don’t think we have a popcorn box decorated one but if we did, I’d want to buy a box of freshly popped corn pronto!

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