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i'll keep them still by jyoujo i'll keep them still by jyoujo
" someone i loved once gave me a box full of darkness .
i took me years to understand that, this too, was a gift ."
 
- Mary Oliver . (Thirst)




I was once given a box full of darkness. Someone I loved gave it to me, too. The darkness was actually disillusionment, disappointment, and despair. The box was full of meanness, lies, and deceit.
The first thing I did with this box was glorify it. I gave it pride of place in my emotional world. I let it consume my thoughts, my heart, and my mind. Every so often, when I was feeling at my most vulnerable, I opened it up and peered into the darkness, where I would wail and cry in despair, pitying myself for being dealt such a dark and horrible blow.
Time passed, and I found myself opening the dark box less often. Sometimes, I was just too busy with other things to spend the time I knew the darkness required. Other times, I simply didnít have the energy to deal with all those dark emotions. Eventually, I was just bored with the dark box and itís perpetual whining.
Then came the day that my thoughts drifted toward the darkness, and I realized the dark box was no longer there. For a few frenzied moments, my mind searched for it, but I simply could not conjure it up. A deep sigh of relief welled within me, and I knew the darkness was gone for good. In itís place was a very quiet sense of understanding. peace, and forgiveness, a sensation that I had never before known, but one I wanted very much to store up and treasure.
At one time or another, life will hand each one of us a box full of darkness. Itís important to keep that box around for a while Ė but not for too long. Buried deep inside this box is a wealth of insight, compassion, and self-awareness. When you dig deeply enough to reach this layer, youíve found the real buried treasure Ė the true gift thatís hidden in the darkness.



Elliott Smith (between the bars ) :pointr: [link] :pointl:
best cover ever


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but we'll never bloom again...
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:iconmallophora:
Mallophora Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this pic, nice colors and shot!
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Cochalita Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so nice soft colors and composition
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VietnameseGamer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I Love the picture, yet it finds relation to Elliott Smith.
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Neko-Baka-Olush Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wow,this is really amazing and so beautiful *v*
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kat2090 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Artist
hey!!

ur art so cool

enter:


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Kara-a Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured in my journal :heart:
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SuniMam Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful :love:
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Tang214 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Beautiful!!!
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
this looks nice
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Jakit Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This is an amazing shot ^_^

I love the blossoms, they are stunning xD
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naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful shot!
And amazing choice of text... Haven't I read it before in one of your other pictures?
Life is just fair, you might be feeling bad at the moment, but it'll give you a hand later for sure, making you stronger and stronger as time goes by :)
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Photographer
:nod:
life is a mess sometimes .
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naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes. Just simply yes.
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Photographer
how are you ?
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:iconnaomicchi-desu:
naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm fine! I'm actually really happy now!! I've just got some GREAT news and I'm on a trip with my family!! :dummy:
And what about you? I haven't heard much of you and your daughter :)
Is your family alright?
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Photographer
We are very well. Thank you!
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naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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GinKyubiKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
it's so pritty! i love this photo!
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:iconjinog:
JinOg Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Great serene photo and I really like the writing too!
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Narcisse-Noir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
*sigh* So unbelievably beautiful. I'm planning on visiting the place you live in one day, it's so amazing.
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Photographer
it's not that hard to get here really,
i've met a few people over the years in dA and ,
they were all amazed by the sakura season and temples .
i am sure you will like to visit Japan .
have a nice day !

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NamaraOberon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the meaning of the box. this is truly beautiful.
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Photographer
isn't it : )
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:iconnamaraoberon:
NamaraOberon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^-^ yes
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Ventiwings Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The photography is gorgeous, very mysterious in a sense and tranquil. Very stunning, and it makes me think of a quiet moment in winter, somehow. The writing is simply, well, gorgeous as well.
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you !
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BCrooks Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
wow. cool shot!
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desperation Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Stunning colors, Jo. I'm in love with it! Great photo!
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gizcorpse Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ひさし ぶり yoshi さん すばらし 写真 おめでとう
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Photographer
も!の
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Sayuri-Akio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Beautiful as always.
I love your photography.
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:iconjyoujo:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you so much !
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