Monday, March 23, 2009

Monochrome Monday x 2!

Okay, so I'll confess that Spring Break was crazy busy for me. Not that I was on break, but one of my friends and two of my cousins were, and so I was out and about a tremendous amount! Anyway, since I didn't do a monochrome last week, I decided to do two this week--and they sort of go together.

These are both from a trip I took to Oxford, Mississippi in 2006.

This is a shot of the Lyceum on the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) campus. It was taken from the sidewalk that James Meredith walked when he became the first African-American student at the University in 1962. My mom remembered hearing about the controversy and the riots that ensued there, and it gave her chills to think that she was standing where so much history was made.

This is William Faulkner's grave. I was the one having the epiphany at this stop. Standing in the cemetery with just grass and dirt (well, and a casket) separating me from the body of my favorite American writer held a lot of meaning for me. I didn't realize I would feel such a connection in a cemetery, but I did. Later, in 2007, I wrote a poem about the experience. I called it "A Pen, a Rose, and a Bottle of Jack," because those were the three items I found on Faulkner's grave when I visited.

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Anonymous said...

Curious funery ornaments - provided an interesting picture.
I know nothing of Faulkner though, has never come my way.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful columns on the building and interesting history.

BJ Roan said...

Great choice for mono. I remember that time, as well. Love the title to the poem.

Linnea W said... have captured these so well with your camera, and I love how you described the historical and personal connections. What fun objects to spot on his grave; I wonder if they were placed there by the same person or three different ones?! Glad you posted this week. Have a great week...

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Nice mono's. The white really stands out on the columns in the first one.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Nice monochrome Monday. Color is our strength but we're trying the Monochrome adventure. Enjoying the great shots like yours on the MM tour!