THE OLD WATER WHEEL

by Antonio Gil July. 18, 2016 1361 views

The Old Water-Wheel

a poem by Clark Ashton Smith


Often, on homeward ways, I come

To a deserted orchard, old and lone, 

Unplowed, untrod, with wilding grasses grown 

Through rows of pear and plum. 

There, in a never-ceasing round, 

In the slow stream, by noon, by night, by dawn, 

An ancient, hidden water-wheel turns on 

With a sad, reiterant sound.

Most eerily it comes and dies, 

And comes again, when on the horizon's breast 

The ruby of Antares seems to rest, 

Fallen from star-fraught skies: 

A dolent, drear, complaining note 

Whose all-monotonous cadence haunts the air 

Like the recurrent moan of a despair 

Some heart has learned by rote. 

Heavy, and ill to hear for one 

Within whose breast, today, tonight, tomorrow, 

Like the slow wheel, an ancient, darkling sorrow 

Turns, and is never done.



♫♫ SLIM WHITMAN --- WATER WHEEL♫♫

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Aniket Pant 2 years, 12 months ago

A masterpiece Antonio!!

2 years, 12 months ago Edited
Mialeena Nguyen 3 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely LOVE the first one! It's so fascinating to see how basic things we take for granted, used to be done back in the day.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Mialeena Nguyen 3 years, 2 months ago

That's so true. I agree with you. :-))

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Matilda Mateus 3 years, 4 months ago

A very touching post! I like #1.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Matilda Mateus 3 years, 4 months ago

Muito obrigado cara amiga

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 3 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic architectural details

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 4 months ago

But a very poor light and no tripod at hand :-))

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 3 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful post!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Eiram Marie 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Marie

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Goshaa 3 years, 4 months ago

I like watching these pictures. As you know I hate poem so ...I watched pictures....Greetings Antonio!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Goshaa 3 years, 4 months ago

Fine with me dear Maggie :-)))

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Slim's waltz goes perfectly with the accompanying video of the old waterwheel!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

So glad you understand the post as a whole. ☺☺☺

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Brilliant series, Antonio! Creative POVs. Perfect lighting & bold edits. Love the melancholy poem, as well.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 3 years, 4 months ago

The details in each shot are just exquisite. I don't know if you altered the colors at all, but they truly lend themselves to the antiquity of the locale. (I used to play Slim Whitman songs on my radio show - I haven't thought of him in years!)

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Brenda Nelson 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Brenda. I didn't altered the colors, only enhanced the details because the light was too poor. ☺☺

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 4 months ago

Fascinating post - I love those old water wheels - Wonderful photography!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 4 months ago

You're very kind Mx. I'm not to proud of these though. ☺

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Moira 3 years, 4 months ago

Love the first one.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Moira 3 years, 4 months ago

It's my favorite too. :-)

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 3 years, 4 months ago

woooooooooooow
Great report: architecture, textures, angles

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much my friend

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
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