touched by cold glass
her own hand
twinned and mirrored
in a mudra of longing
searches with fingertips
for her abandoned self
craving for the other
within her image
to appear and confirm
her reflected sensuality
she remains alone
in unconsummated love
her jewelry of solitude
strung from the bones
of an imagined lover
hangs too heavy
and too bright
around her beautiful neck
her eyes, her mouth
her silent words
cry out for relief
but at arm’s length always
she imprisons her desire
safely behind the vitreous veil
In a recent mid-winter apartment purge I uncovered a set of 35 mm slides from some mist-enshrouded past era of my life. These photographic images enchant me, as they must have done many moons ago when I originally captured them on slide film.
Not owning a slide projector I scanned them into digital form and looked at them on my laptop. The images were visual poetry to me and words began to form around each one…
This post is the third of a series in which I will share these uncovered visual treasures paired with writings evoked by each slide.
I am also fascinated by the journey of the process these images have gone through over a long period of time. Originally an unknown photographer created an image using a film camera, manipulating and printing it using chemicals in a darkroom. The image was then purchased, photographed a second time and printed in a book where I found it and transformed it into slide film…a photograph of a photograph of a photograph. Using technology that was barely there when I made the slides, I scan the image, another form of photographic reproduction, adding a fourth layer to the process. Perhaps posting the image on WP could be considered a fifth stratum?
No doubt the images have deteriorated in quality as they have traveled through time but I accept this as an intrinsic characteristic of the process. Rather than treat the aging as a defect I prefer to see it as another face of beauty.
I have no record of the original photographers of these images. If anyone out there recognizes the photographs please let me know and I will immediately add due credit to the artist.
poem by clinock.
12 thoughts on “Uncovered Treasure 3”
Hi John, I like very much what you are doing with the photo -> poem, the lost self of the woman in front of the mirror, an image of an image etc. 🙂 Inspiring!
Thank you very much Ina…to inspire one who inspires is a lovely exchange…
How hauntingly beautiful ! The image is very compelling!
Lovely comment Debra, thank you…
John your poem and photograph remind me somewhat of the lady and writer P. L. Travis (creator of Mary Poppins) experienced in the movie…….Saving Mr Banks……..she is searching to understand something inside herself.
Don’t know the movie but will check it out someday…thanks Robert
Wow, your poetry shows so much reflection on the human experience and emotion. Observant
thank you for your kind words Nicole and for your constant support on your blog…
her jewelry of solitude
Your poetry is haunting!
thank you very much Jo Nell