Love, loss, looking around…
This month’s Poetry Showcase post takes inspiration from my poetry roots – Massey University’s paper Love, loss, looking around. The journey has continued hence, the shuffling of words and replacing loss with Instagram.
Instagram a creative door…
Starting the Artful Compendium Instagram account has opened yet another creative door. The square photograph dynamic of Instagram is both challenging and fun. There is for me a sense of opening my eyes and thinking about the world around me as a canvas. Perhaps this is why lately I’ve drifted off into new creative realms, and started thinking about lifting words off the page and inserting them into photographs. Toying with the idea Insta-poetry. Of course it is already out there and thriving.
Love the concept but I don’t have the creative bandwidth to go down that path.
An invitation to a journey…
So while I haven’t settled on the “how to execute” this combination of poetry and photography I want it to be an invitation to a journey – for myself and the viewer.
A line of thought, which reminded me of Charles Baudelaire’s beautiful poem Invitation to the Voyage. Charles was born in Paris, the City of Love, so I thought it would be fun and help focus the imagination if I inserted the title and the refrain into my French photographs.
Imagine the magic
of living together
there, with all the time in the world
for loving each other,
for loving and dying
where even the landscape resembles you:
the suns dissolved
in overcast skies
have the same mysterious charm for me
as your wayward eyes
through crystal tears,
my sister, my child!
with the patina
of time itself in the room we would share;
the rarest flowers
with amber’s uncertain redonlence;
echoed in mirrors
and Eastern splendor on the walls –
here all would whisper
to the soul in secret
her sweet mother tongue.
On these still canals
the freighters doze
fitfully: their mood is for roving,
and only to flatter
a lover’s fancy
have they put in from the ends of the earth.
By late afternoon
the canals catch fire
as sunset glorifies the town;
the world turns to gold
as it falls asleep
in a fervent light.
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