Watchers #writephoto

I

There are moments

when the eye is beguiled

and the old brain fails

to glean meaning in signals

relayed through rods and cones,

the biological light-catchers

coloring our worlds.

I hunt for the familiar

among patterns and textures

splattered with nature’s brush

in chaotic precision.

My eyes seek fingerholds in crevices,

a path between stones

and perception of depth

before I venture a tentative step.

Yet, there are those moments

I am not meant to see

or pry open the secrets

and chart my journey

in illusory safety.

I soften my gaze

submit to the wonder

without etching borders

skip into creation

and be.

 

II

Nature’s tapestry

Paths hidden in greens and grays

Bewitch my old eyes

 

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Thank you to Sue Vincent for the wonderful prompt that fooled with my eyes and brain.
Join her every Thursday for a new photo prompt.
Happy Writing!

112 thoughts on “Watchers #writephoto

  1. mycountryepoque says:

    Diana you are a genius! notes out of a picture – you are good at. It was amazing to read it. You nailed it too well! I must watch more of your picture poem! Well done!

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  2. bpsenapati says:

    Beautiful! The words you choose is just amazing!

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  3. A beautiful piece of writing.

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  4. OwnShadow says:

    I love the way this poems moves like someone looking for something.

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  5. Antonia says:

    I love what you made out of this photo Diana. You are so talented! I hope you are having a nice summer. I have been missing in action lately.

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  6. Your poetry is a delight, Diana.

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  8. A lovely and creative write, Diana. Beautiful! 🙂

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  9. Gorgeous picture and a poem to match! Well done once again, D! I’d love to see that place in person, and get the full effect of the textures and colors (pictures never do those natural scenes justice 🙂 )

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    • I’d like to visit too and get a feel for the depth. For some reason this played with my eyes and seemed almost 2-dimensional. Thanks for the lovely comment, Julie. Happy Writing! Can’t wait to hear more about your retreat. 😀

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  10. in says:

    Beautiful writing in a single post, indeed.

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  11. Beautiful writing 💕

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  12. reocochran says:

    Sorry my blog comments got repeated. I didn’t think I pressed send twice. 😊

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  13. reocochran says:

    This is full of gorgeous description and you give us more than meets the eyes (and beyond nature, delving into your lovely, beautiful mind.)

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  14. Very lovely, Diana. Nature is truly astounding. Rocks have many qualities, not only the beauty, history and texture, but a bit of majesty mixed in also. I particularly loved these lines: “among patterns and textures/splattered with nature’s brush/in chaotic precision.” Beautiful!

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  15. There’s something about rocks–their sturdiness, history, how they collect all the truths of the past and keep them for anyone who wants to look. Amazing rocks.

    Oh, the plants are nice too!

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    • Great comment, Jacqui! Rock is a profound compliment to other Earthly elements – solid, still, and silent – unlike plants, water, and air which is constantly moving and changing. Because of that, they do seem to hold the ancient memory of things that otherwise would be lost. You need to try your hand at a little mysticism, my friend. 🙂

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  16. Dawn D says:

    Perfect. And very appropriate for me at the moment. I am so impressed at how you managed to make poetry out of biology. Beautifully done!

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  17. Spellbinding, Diana. Hugs on the wing.

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  18. Sue Vincent says:

    Just superb, Diana.

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  19. Just beautiful and beguiling Diana!

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  20. Barbara says:

    Beautifully said. You have captured that, which eludes most.

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    • Thanks, Barbara. No matter how much I looked at this prompt, I couldn’t see the path, physically or into a story. So I wrote about being okay with that. 🙂 I so glad you appreciated the message. Have a great week!

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    “I am not meant to see
    or pry open the secrets
    and chart my journey
    in illusory safety.”

    … oh, but how we would like to be able to!!

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  22. tric says:

    The photo, the prompt, the words, the meaning, all beautiful. Really enjoyed reading this.

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  23. Beautiful and inspiring, Diana. xo

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  24. dgkaye says:

    Beautifully done Diana, looking at life through the creative eye. 🙂 x

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  25. I admit to looking at that image and not being able to make too much of it – and then you wrote so beautifully about that very thing 🙂 I love the line about softening our gaze. So often in art – and life – we see more clearly when we do that……

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  26. This is a lovely poem, Diana, and a really good use of the prompt photograph.

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  27. paulandruss says:

    This is a lovely evocative poem Diana working on two simultaneous levels the description of a physical journey and the underlying journey through I want to say life… but it is not that….
    To me it is how our changing senses (changing with age) affect the way we perceive the world which effects the way we interact with it and even changing things in the past like how we remember interacting with it – the echoes are endless when you start to consciously analyse your words.
    Now, I may be a million miles off the mark, but I hope I am not because if I ‘got it’ I think you succeeded in presenting these complex interwoven thoughts beautifully

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    • You got it, Paul. I was layering it physically and metaphorically, as well as looking at the image as a photo versus a place to explore. Hard eyes looking for concrete details and soft eyes perceiving it all at once as a mosaic of texture and color, I’m not quite entering my dotage, but I do think wonder creeps back into our lives as we move past a certain age. Thanks for the fabulous comment and happy writing! ❤

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  28. Bel says:

    Would you mind if I use some of these lines for the quotes I use on instagram and my blog in the future? (I will put your name on it, of course)

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  29. Really nice, Diane. 🙂

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  30. You explained the way a photographer might see things, Diana.

    “I hunt for the familiar
    among patterns and textures
    splattered with nature’s brush
    in chaotic precision.”

    Beautiful words my friend.

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    • Thanks for the sweet compliment, Mary. I love looking at photos and wish I had more of an eye for taking them. The prompt looked almost 2-dimensional to me. I kept hunting for the way in and finally had to let it be. Thus the poem. Hugs, my friend. 🙂

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  31. Beautiful invitation to wander and be a while.

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  32. I am in awe of your ability to extract such meaning and beauty simply from a photo. ‘Submit to the wonder’ – I love that. You are so talented, and your words always make me happy!

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  33. There’s a path ?? No matter the image, you paint a lovely picture in words, D. Could have been prose, but it would have been poetic.

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  34. So lovely, Diana! ❤️

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  35. balroop2013 says:

    Fantastic! So you could follow the path through those crevices Diana! I kept hanging…waiting for help! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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  36. Diane , this is beautiful . “There are moments I am not meant to see”, such amazing insight so beautifully expressed, the final lines forming a lovely senryu. Thank you dear poetess!

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  37. I love how you did this, Diana 🙂

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  38. Mae Clair says:

    You never fail to amaze me with the images you evoke with your tapestry of words. This was purely stunning. Vivid and lyrical.

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  39. I was venturing on the path with you, as I read your words. There are lovely gems in there. I particularly loved those lines “patterns and textures / splattered with nature’s brush / in chaotic precision.” and “Nature’s tapestry / Paths hidden in greens and grays”. Thanks for the lovely walk painted in your words, Diane <3!

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  40. Jennie says:

    This is truly wonderful and very lovely.

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  41. Lovely and evocative! 🙂

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