swords in mountain

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Photos I took for a product campaign in my photography class and of course, what’s better than doing a photoshoot with Hobbit LEGOs? (I’ll try to remember to post the final product when I’m done!) 

Set the warriors to sea in a ship stacked with shields, layers of swords, mountains of gold. Lay them out with their wife. With their child. Lay them out with their livestock, with the whole farm. The rain is not coming here. Not today. For today the gods welcome one of their own back home. So set the hero out on the soft waves that will carry him to the other side of the pink ether where he will float on fire until the ash consumes him like the mighty warrior he once was and like the legend he will become. The flames will dance over his possessions, his goblets and arrows, his blankets, his paintings, his passions. The flames will dance across his flesh like the soft fingers of the soft lover he left, and as he sleeps this last sleep, the fires will eat him away, the heat will write his skin across the night sky to join the constellations that will guide the sailors at the storm, the herders lost in the clouds, they will all come home by facing the direction his eyes are facing. The heavens are filled with smoke. This is history this is legend this is what we once were. Where the stories come from, what we are. When you fall in battle, they will take your body with the life you made in this world and set it off to sail behind you in the next, so that you will stay a king, remain forever the golden being you breathed as on this side of the mountain. When you pass, may your life follow you like a shadow into the light. When I go, bury me with nothing but my own skin. I spent far too many days trying to outrun this thing called mine, so if I set myself into your arms would you hold me like the earth, quietly? I am yours. Give me a field, give me a big sky. A mountain. Give me your mouth. I’m just looking for a quiet place that I could die inside of.
—  Anis Mojgani, “Cradle” published in Songs From Under the River
Sleeping at Last (Atlas) - Starter Sentences

Sun

  • “Our universe was clothed in light.”
  • “I guess space, and time takes violent things, angry things and makes them kind.”
  • “We are the dust of dust.”
  • “We are infinite as the universe we hold inside.”
  • “Let there be light, let there be light, let me be right.”

Mercury

  • “Only streetlights notice me.”
  • “I am desperate, if nothing else.”
  • “God knows, I am dissonance waiting to be swiftly pulled into tune.”
  • “I’ll go anywhere you want me.”
  • “And somehow I’ve fallen in love with this middle ground at the cost of my soul.”
  • “Somehow, all of this mess is just an attempt to know the worth of my life…”

Venus

  • “The night sky once ruled my imagination.”
  • “I thought I’d never find you.”
  • “At first I thought you were a constellation.”
  • “You’re as beautiful as endless, you’re the universe I’m helpless in.”
  • “Like a telescope, I will pull you so close 'til no space lies in between.”
  • “I was a billion little pieces 'til you pulled me into focus.”

Earth

  • “I put it out of my mind.”
  • “'Til the sirens sound, I’m safe.”
  • “There was an earthquake.”
  • “We folded our hands and prayed.”

Mars

  • “We left our date of birth, and our history behind.”
  • “We were full of life, we could barely hold it in.”
  • “Though time is ruthless, it showed us kindness in the end.”
  • “They’re calling off the war.”
  • “Our nights have grown so long.”

Jupiter

  • “Just a secret under lock and key until then.”
  • “While collecting the stars, I connected the dots.”
  • “I don’t know who I am, but now I know who I’m not.”
  • “Make my messes matter.”
  • “Make every little fracture in me shatter out loud.”

Saturn

  • “You taught me the courage of stars before you left.”
  • “How rare and beautiful it is to even exist.”
  • “I tried to write it down, but I could never find a pen.”
  • “The universe was made just to be seen by my eyes.”
  • “How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.”

Neptune

  • “And I felt empty handed.”
  • “I patched up every leak that I could.”
  • “Stitch by stitch I tear apart.”
  • “If brokenness is a form of art, I must be a poster child prodigy.”
  • “I’m only honest when it rains.”
  • “I want to tell you, but I don’t know how.”
  • “I want to love you…”

Pluto

  • “I woke up from the same dream: falling backwards, falling backwards.”
  • “One day I had enough of this exercise of trust. I leaned in and let it hurt, and let my body feel the dirt.”
  • “I rebuild when I break down.”
  • “So show me where my armour ends, show me where my skin begins.”
  • “The heaviness that I hold in my heart belongs to gravity.

North

  • “We will call this place our home.”
  • “Let the years we’re here be kind.”
  • “A little broken, a little new.”
  • “With each year, our colour fades.”
  • “Give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.”

South

  • “Some truths, over time, can learn to play nice. Some truths are sharper than knives.”
  • “Some truths can save us.”
  • “I lost touch of who I am and who I was.”
  • “No matter what category you fit into, truth’s got its sight set on you.”

East

  • “I set out to rule the world with only a paper shield and a wooden sword.”
  • “No mountain dare stand in my way, even the oceans tremble in my wake.”
  • “The tide is brave, but always retreats.”
  • “The years wore on and changed my heart.”
  • “Maybe paper is paper, maybe kids will be kids.”
  • “But Lord, I want to remember how to feel like I did.”

West

  • “Let’s just say we’re inches apart, even closer at heart, and we’ll be just fine.”
  • “Another pin pushed in to remind us where we’ve been.”
  • “We’ll be just fine. I know that we will.”
  • “Time moves slow when half of your heart has yet to come home.”
  • “I can’t get you out of my mind.”