Friday, November 21, 2008

What I Would Photograph

nov. 16 011



What I Would Photograph


The light in the glass
of those ancient bottles,
green wobbled sea jewels
wrapped in spider webs...

The light in the small hands
chubby and round,
brown fragrant spice
and more than clever...

The light in the trees
outside my window,
scarlet flashes of blood
from a sudden wound...

The light in the cat's eyes
while she watches squirrels
with her tail curled but
twitching just the tip...

The light in the first flakes
of morning's sudden snow,
slowing commuters with
a hush of beauty...

The light in my brother's grin
thown over his shoulder quick
before he turns and
closes the door...

.....-Andromeda Jazmon

Miss Rumphius's Poetry Stretch this week was to write a list poem. I dropped my camera last Sunday and haven't been able to take a picture all week. These are just a few of the things I've wished I could've captured.

Today's Poetry Friday round up is over at Holly Cupala's blog. Go enjoy!

22 comments:

TadMack said...

Oh, Andi! I'm so sorry!!!
But what a great poem came out of it!

laurasalas said...

Andi with no camera? Yikes! But your words are your camera, too. This is gorgeous. I love especially the first and third stanzas.

Cloudscome said...

Thanks friends! I revised it on the way to school so I hope you stop by and read the better version too.

Shelley said...

What a lovely start to my day!

Thank thee.

laurasalas said...

Oh, Andi. This is stunning. Those last two stanzas feel like brief images in a film or something...moments of great beauty, but a touch of sadness, too, because they feel so fragile and temporary, like something awful is going to happen. Or maybe I'm just imposing a sense of doom where there is none! But this is just beautiful. Brava!

TadMack said...

I'm with Laura -- closing a door makes my heart ache (but I am ever obsessing over endings and closed options) -- but I love the images of constant light.

Elaine Magliaro said...

I broke my digital camera last fall. It was awful being without one until I got a new camera.

Love your list poem! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Lirone said...

I love taking photos, and the way it makes you look at light and shape and colour.

But sometimes I think I see better when I don't have the camera with me and I know the moment cannot be captured, just appreciated now!

Author Amok said...

There's the tricky issue of detaching yourself from the experience by looking at it through a lens.

Love the poem! Great minds think alike -- I've got a list poem up today also.

Sara said...

I love the promise in your title, and the way you deliver on it. What we would capture and what we can capture and what we do capture...all interesting.

shelburns said...

Sorry about the camera, but what a great poem!

Linda said...

Your poem has so many great images. Being a cat lover, I especially like that stanza!

sister AE said...

wow! this is a great poem. and it makes me wish i had had time to tackle my own this week.

Tricia said...

I'm so sorry about your camera, but what a great poem it inspired! I dropped my camera in Tibet and was lost without it for more than a week while still in China. There were times when my heart ached because I couldn't take a photo.

I hope you get it fixed or find a replacement soon!
Have a great weekend.

MotherReader said...

Beautiful poem.

I remember when I lost my favorite camera. I held out hope that it would turn up and snapped pictures with crappy disposable cameras for three months, before I accepted that it was gone and went digital.

I still miss it a little bit.

Kohana said...

I feel like you captures with words, the things missed by the camera. It was lovely to read.

Kim Baise said...

Beautiful poem!! Sorry about the camera. Your writing visuals took care of the photos for me but I hope you get a replacement camera soon :)
Kim

jone said...

Oh my word, no camera? I could not live! The last verse is my favorite.

Third Mom said...

What a beautiful poem!! Apart from the loss of your camera :( I hope all is well in your world!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I really enjoyed this poem, the first stanza particularly.

caribookscoops said...

I love this especially the second stanza. I hate it when I loose my camera or it's on the fritz. I wanted to take some really cute pictures of my kids, but the batteries were low - so frustrating.

Carol said...

I'm so sad to hear that you dropped your camera, because I so enjoy looking at your beautiful photography. At the same time, to get this amazing poem in its place- wow! This is breathtaking.
Carol