The Lockdown Logs #39

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 9th 2020

I’ve included this image in my previous post ‘Sketrick Island’ – but looking at it today in the Cocoon, I thought it was worth a little more work, probably because of the textures.

It’s not a macro shot!  This is an anchor chain, and it’s huge!  I imported it into Capture One and gave it a closer crop, and some extra presence and clarity, to accentuate the textures.  The shot was made with the Fujifilm X-T30, F=55mm, f/4 @ 1/250th sec on ISO250.

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Coincidentally, while I was manipulating the image in Capture One, the Alexa device was playing Leonard Cohen singing his poem ‘Born in Chains!’  Cohen certainly is a wordsmith of the highest quality, – dissertations could (and probably have been) be written on the deeper meanings of his words.

Here’s ‘Born in Chains…

I was born in chains but I was taken out of Egypt
I was bound to a burden, but the burden it was raised
Lord I can no longer keep this secret
Blessed is the name, the name be praised
I fled to the edge of a mighty sea of sorrow
Pursued by the riders of a cruel and dark regime
But the waters parted and my soul crossed over
Out of Egypt, out of Pharaoh’s dream

Word of words and the measure of all measures
Blessed is the name, the name be blessed
Written on my heart in burning letters
That’s all I know, I cannot read the rest

I was idled with my soul, when I heard that you could use me
I followed very closely, but my life remained the same
But then you showed me where you had been wounded
In every atom broken is the name

I was alone on the road, your love was so confusing
All my teachers told me I had myself to blame
But in the grip of sensual illusion
The sweet unknowing unifies a name

Word of words, and the measure of all measures
Blessed is the name, the name be blessed
Written on my heart in burning letters
That’s all I know, I cannot read the rest

I’ve heard the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing
And the bitter liquor sweetens in the amber cup
But all the ladders of the night have fallen
Only darkness now, to lift the longing up

Word of words and measure of all measures
Blessed is the name, the name be blessed
Written on my heart in burning letters
That’s all I know, I cannot read the rest

Listen to Leonard Cohen ‘Born in Chains’

(Click link to listen to the song)

What does it mean?  Who knows!  But there are certainly themes worth pondering!  How heavy are the chains that bind us from birth!