Being Human


A chance design, or all His will?
I wonder still.
Holy? Profane? Scared? Obscene?
What does it mean?
Living each day the best we can,
Being human,
From birth to death each single span.
Combination of what we feel,
And all the ways in which we deal?
I wonder still, what does it mean, being human?

A new Oviellejo to ponder as you wander…

I sat here this morning bemoaning my current bout of insomnia and how it is taking finally its toll on me today. Cranky from lack of rest. Jittery from the excessive amounts of caffeine I’ve already consumed to get me through this day. A day that still has several more long hours in it before I can lay my head to rest and hope I can get some decent sleep tonight.

And then a friend posted a link: 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

To directly quote from the article “A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep.”

I first saw this article when it came out last year. Some of the photographs will at least give you pause, it got to me then. As I went through these photographs again today, I realize nothing has changed. I felt that same sense of kin. For people from my own country and abroad. I find myself not just sympathetic, but empathetic to so many of them. People I never have and/or never will meet. Their raw moments of joys, pains, fears, courage.

I am reminded once more of the beautiful fragility that is the human element.

And oddly enough, I am suddenly wide awake and no longer cranky. Perspective is everything.

Here’s passing on a little of that perspective for your day:

Seriously, before clicking the link down below, if you’re consuming any food or beverage, put it down. In addition you may want to have a napkin/tissue at the ready for any cryi– I mean for any grit that may get stuck under your eyelid.

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

Updated to add: I suspect a certain photo of a man in a cowboy during the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon will be added to this list soon.


Open Link Night — week 92

9 thoughts on “Being Human

  1. Very powerful and affecting photos. Although there were similar photos in this collection, I was surprised by the absence of a photo which was widely circulated, from 1972: a photo of a girl crying over her clubbed boyfriend during the riots at Kent State University.

  2. Yes, I’ve seen that collection, and it affected me similarly. Reminders of the bigger picture often help me to step out of my more mundane issues, and leave me with heartfelt gratitude for my life instead- a far better state to dwell in.

  3. When you find the answer to the question, will you please let me know, because I think its something we all ponder at some point in our lives.

    I enjoyed this as its a new form to me and I love discovering new forms.

    The pics can wait, more reading to be done first.

  4. I know…but the answer is too negative so I will not spoil your day! I am always looking for new forms …will try this one. Thanks. I have seen some of these photos before. They are very inspiring, particularly for writing poems. Again thank you for your generosity in sharing these.And now mine to you from one ex coffee addict to another…when you give it up you will feel so much better:)

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