This photo seems to fit the theme of ‘broken’ for me. The trees roots have broken from the soil and are exposed to the elements, without the warm and moisture of the earth to sustain the tree is broken and dying.
In addition, on a deeper level this photo was taken at the local cemetery one day when I was visiting the graves of family members who have left this earth year before. In the background on the hill you will see the plaques of some graves in the lawn cemetery. Looking at my photos when I came home that day I was reminded of the ties that are broken through death – and the wounded hearts that struggle to cope with the loss they experience. There is so much sadness, yet for me the cemetery is a place of quiet reflection and peace.
Someone once said to me, when talking about a great tragedy they had experienced that broke their heart, that their heart had been broken wide open – not just wounded. They felt more pain and more joy. They were able to feel more, to understand more and to have greater compassion for self and other. They said that even though, they experienced a great tragedy and extreme loss they believed that is was a significant learning for them – in some strange way a good thing – that their heart needed to break wide open to see and feel the beauty and immeasurable goodness within the heart and somehow within the pain.
May the light of day warm the hearts of those who are grieving and sad today!!
This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”