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Zyrynology: The Rape of a Young Tree

April. Washington, D.C.  The skies were wet and gray. Despite, the streets of Georgetown were charming.  Natalya and I were tired from walking all day. A cute tiny park the size of a coin offered us a sweet chance of relaxation. We opened the gate and walked in. There was a strange silence in the garden. Only when I noticed the tree, I understood: it was the silence of suffering. I felt almost physical pain, looking at this young tree, which grew through the metal rod. Year after year, inch by inch, she penetrated herself into the rod deeper and deeper, like in a Tantric sexual act, stretched out in time to absurdity. We quickly left and never talked about what we saw here since.

Zyrynology: The Rape of a Young Tree

April. Washington, D.C.  The skies were wet and gray. Despite, the streets of Georgetown were charming.  Natalya and I were tired from walking all day. A cute tiny park the size of a coin offered us a sweet chance of relaxation. We opened the gate and walked in. There was a strange silence in the garden. Only when I noticed the tree, I understood: it was the silence of suffering. I felt almost physical pain, looking at this young tree, which grew through the metal rod. Year after year, inch by inch, she penetrated herself into the rod deeper and deeper, like in a Tantric sexual act, stretched out in time to absurdity. We quickly left and never talked about what we saw here since.

comments (17)

Your writing and this picture gives me goosebumps.
I dont wanna say beautiful because its not but rather interesting in a very deep way. Thank you for sharing.
vz-nostalgia: Good. If art touches something inside our souls, Ms. Susan, that means it's the real thing, beautiful or not. smile
Lovely image, cool words, (not that I understood it smile) Too tired
vz-nostalgia: "...not that I understood it..."
Perhaps, because of my thick Russian accent. smile
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 14 Sep 2007, 01:09
That is an oddly moving shot.
vz-nostalgia: Because it is, Martin. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Sep 2007, 07:05
Needless to say, VZ, this is very powerful! I sure wonder what THAT'S all about?? Would the tree have died otherwise?? Was it a to to straighten its spine?

So many questions....
vz-nostalgia: I don't know. Ginnie. I can't explain, I just take pictures. smile
Welcome back to Atlanta. The heat is almost over. Life is back to normal. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Sep 2007, 10:47
An horrific, perhaps obscene, image.

Here is a soundless scream from both perpetrators of this slow motion violence; the tree grows painfully around its tormentor and will finally smother it.

Surely no tantric sex in this park...no pleasure, not procreation, nor liberation.
Pain...only pain...
vz-nostalgia: You're right, Ray. It's far away from tantric sex in essence. I guess, I was referring mainly to the concept of time.
Good to hear from you again.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Sep 2007, 11:40
Mm, I find the image moving yet combined with the words slighty disturbing. There's darkness and pain hidden behind it.
vz-nostalgia: Yep, Ms. Scarlet. There is darkness, and there is pain. No happy end in sight, so far.
  • fil
  • 14 Sep 2007, 20:06
this shot is fantastic, but do you have to be so dramatic in the story?
vz-nostalgia: Some like it hot, some don't. Some drink black coffee/no sugar, others- with a load of cream and three full spoons. I shoot and write as I feel, not to please anyone. I'm not on a commission, but rather... on a mission.
Glad you like the picture. Stop by again.
  • Suzanne
  • San Francisco
  • 15 Sep 2007, 01:30
VZ - The picture tells many stories, while your words tell only one. The passage of time does heal all wounds, and in this case also makes one stronger. It makes me think of the lessons and growth (sometimes painful but always useful) a person can experience simply by surviving their difficulties. I know there are many philosophies on the use of one's enemies for your own betterment, but I am not so intellectual as to be able to rattle them off here. Also, what about the theme of man vs nature? In this photo, nature appears to be winning smile
vz-nostalgia: I agree, Suzanne. The perception of art is a very subjective matter. I think you and I have discussed this in my previous pre-blog life already. smile That's why at times I don't write anything to my picture. Though, often, I feel so strong about the image, just can't help myself... But anyone is welcome to tell their own story. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Sep 2007, 09:02
So much pain and suffering but life still goes on, interesting.
vz-nostalgia: You're right on point, Ms. Tracy.
  • jelb
  • France
  • 16 Sep 2007, 16:46
Bonjour,
Well done tones..Nice "abstract" shot..bravo!
vz-nostalgia: Hmmm...I see very little "abstact" here, jelb. For me the image is so painfully concrete. smile
what a title...Nice Shot!
vz-nostalgia: I'd prefer to hear just opposite, ChaCha: "What a shot...nice title!". Got to work harder, I guess. smile
  • Patrick
  • 17 Sep 2007, 15:40
helixtical
penetrations
frozen
in pain
vz-nostalgia: Are you into a wordmaking art too, Patrick? Isn't the word is "helical"? Well, I like your poetic "snapshot" anyway.
i see a conquest here. life enveloping and overcoming a lifeless reality. inspiring !
vz-nostalgia: Good deal, Terence. Glad you see some hope in here. You're an optimist. smile
powerful and painful at the same time.
well presented, viktor.
vz-nostalgia: Glad you like it, Vernon. Good to see you on Nostalgia. I'm a big fan of yours.
This is pretty much the world in which we live. An image that will never date or go out of fashion, that will always speak volumes about humanity.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you dig the philosophical side of this, Ms. Pixie.
  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 3 May 2008, 15:13
Yes I agree - a strong and similar metaphor.
  • Vadim
  • Germany
  • 12 Aug 2009, 21:33
Sehr Gut!
vz-nostalgia: Javol. smile That's about all I remember from my high school German, Vadim. smile But even this I bet I managed to misspell. smile
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