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The Lady of Shalott by Conundra
The Lady of Shalott
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.


And moving thro' a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot:
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village-churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls,
Pass onward from Shalott.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad,
Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes thro' the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two:
She hath no loyal knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often thro' the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed;
'I am half-sick of shadows,' said
The Lady of Shalott.


- (Alfred, Lord) Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott", part II

taken by Pelicanh
January 10, 2009
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I move the stars for no one by Conundra
I move the stars for no one
The world I grew up in, a tiny, thick-walled, warped bubble of a small-town nightmare with funhouse mirrors on every side, was one in which no woman who looked like me could ever be considered a great beauty.

The world I found when I left was one in which I was far from perfect and miles short of the ideal, but still openly called and considered beautiful.

The world I created when I decided to begin my journey as a model and shaped when I decided to take risks, ask insane questions ("Hi, Michael Helms. I know I look nothing like the people you usually shoot. Wanna take a whack at it, anyway?" is a textbook example), and apply the same determination I'd used to conquer every subject in school to the task of learning how to be a good model was one in which I wouldn't ever be one of the great beauties or the greats of the craft

but I befriended them, I learned from them, and I was photographed by the same people who photographed them.
And by virtue of my presence in that world, I widened the circle of acceptance just a little bit, allowing for a slightly broader idea of what makes a person beautiful.

Not bad for an average girl with a small-chested, large-framed body that was 25-35 lbs heavier than society said it should have been.
(until Lyme disease got ahold of me, that is)

Taken by Pelicanh
on January 10, 2009
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unconquerable soul by Conundra
unconquerable soul
Pelicanh sent me an image or seven yesterday.
It must be Christmas.

This image is worth far more than the proverbial thousand words
so my commentary is going to be uncharacteristically brief.

Taken January 10, 2009
(which feels like at least a lifetime or two ago)
by the one and only Pelicanh
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breath's a ware that will not keep by Conundra
breath's a ware that will not keep
clay lies still, but blood's a rover
breath's a ware that will not keep;
up, lad!
when the journey's over
there'll be time enough for sleep


The black-and-white version of :thumb499660670:

because there are many different ways of seeing an image, and I delight in variation and contrast .

Taken by Alan-H-Bruce, 11.19.2011
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whom thunder hath made greater by Conundra
whom thunder hath made greater
The mind is its own place, and in itself
can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
What matter where, if I be still the same
and what I should be, all but less than he
whom thunder hath made greater

- John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1

That famous soliloquy, when the first among the fallen addresses the burning plain, is a speech of tremendous power.
But there is a flaw hidden among those words.
I didn't see it when I first walked into my Milton, Blake, and the Bible lecture, twenty-one years old and high as a kite on knowledge, but the man who taught it is brilliant and gentle and wise.
And he had a gift for opening our eyes.

The strength in those words is admirable, to be sure, but it is rigid. When an individual moves through the world without adapting, without evolving with the passage of time and the knowledge and experience offered by life's lessons and obstacles, then their circumstances don't matter. They are static, doomed to live out the same patterns and repeat the same cycles over and over and over; inflexible, and ultimately brittle, like steel that snaps in the cold.

It is not thunder, with its rumbling, ominous threat, that makes those who can adapt greater.
It is simply our ability to learn, to grow, to let go and create anew.

This photo was taken a year and a half after I graduated from college, during a brief period of symptom-free calm in the middle of a battle that's spanned half a decade, and will last as long as I live.
And as long as I live, I will continue to make the most of the time I have, and rebuild my dreams as many times as is necessary.

Taken by Alan-H-Bruce
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Meggy
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"Here's a sigh to those who love me
and a smile to those who hate
and, whatever sky's above me
here's a heart for every fate"

My name is Megan, but I only ever hear it in formal situations or when I'm in trouble. I'm Meggy to most, Meg to some, and Meggles or Meggiweg to a very brave few.

I'm a tattooed bookworm, a collector of memories, a penny-picker-upper, an aspiring scientist, an incorrigible goof, an adventurer, a wanderer, a tea addict, and a dreamer. Mine is a life lived for joy and adventures, tempered with enough reason and foresight to keep me from getting into too much trouble.
I love with all my heart, laugh with all the breath in my body, and explore the world with the curiosity and energy of a five-year-old. Life is simply too short to live any other way.

I've been modeling off-and-on for nearly half a decade.
I'm not a fan of photoshopped illusions and artificial beauty.

In a world obsessed with perfection, I'm a flesh-and-blood creature made of asymmetries and quirks and oddities and flaws.

I make no apologies for it
I hide none of it
and what you see here is what you get.

I love what I do. I hope you will, too.

Current Residence: Southeast Alaska
Favourite genre of music: classic rock, blues, rock, metal, soul, industrial, all things bad 80s + 90s
Skin of choice: someone else's
Personal Quote: "and whatever sky's above me, here's a heart for every fate"
Interests
"Don't let someone steal your tenderness.
Don't allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart.
Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be affected by things.  Whether it's a song,
a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all -
look around you.  All of this is for you.  
Take it and have gratitude.
Give it and feel love."
- Zooey Deschanel


Beautiful words from a beautiful heart.
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Watching: Top Gear, series 16
  • Eating: a honeycrisp apple + a handful of cherries

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XrayNovember5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful gallery
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lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Meggy:) Hope all is well with you

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PolkaNinja Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
You're beautiful. And I love your ink work.
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MichaelCPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   Photographer
Love your profile Meg!  While I don't have the time to comment on all your images, suffice to say, they're all great!  I don't know you, but I love you as a person, and I think you have a body to match your beautiful soul!  Keep up the great work!  Michael
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theory6-brian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your work and story is inspiring, keep it up! +watch :)
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Gay-And-Geeky Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You once paid me an awesome compliment, you mentioned something that you liked my self-photography for taking chances as a not so skinny guy. It meant a lot when you have the compliment. 
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Makiyura Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Happy Birthday! :heart:
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tocaimacomics Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Interface Designer
happy birthday
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tonepainter Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, sorry it's been so long. I hope you're having an absolutely wonderful birthday! :D
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phydeau Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday! :cake: :party: :boogie:
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