Poems with Bud: Words Out of Focus

Bud Hunt posted this image this morning, as part of his push to inspire poetry with images (although I seem to be the only one writing at his blog space …)

Herbert George Ponting and telephoto apparatus, Antarctica, January 1912

photo: National Library NZ on The Commons

That image led me to write this poem (perhaps thinking of audience, or lack thereof, at his space this month):

It doesn’t help that you are so out of focus –

No twisting of the lens

or turning of my words bring any more clarity to the picture

of you,

standing there, in that desolate space,

with your eyes in your hands,

and my mouth at your ears,

waiting to understand what it is that I said –

the moment passed,

the meaning is gone;

I’ve moved on.

And the podcast:

Peace (in the poems),


One Comment
  1. a fun exercise, although I think I would have trouble with it! (Of course, I know, stretching is how we grow…) Thanks for sharing your poem with us! I loved “with your eyes in your hands”.

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