Tag Archives: Poetry

Crossroads, Onward

6 Nov
Dream Catcher by rsmithing

“Dream Catcher”
Click to view more of my photomontages

So what if the world ends
Was it ever real to begin with?
Does anything really exist,
When it’s up to us to decide what “existence” means?

Maybe I’m plowing old ground.
Certainly, someone’s been here before.
I sure know I have.
Because I remember it from a dream.

Where did that memory come from?
An intersection of a thousand other memories.
Who’s to say we only live in the present
When the past is so alive?

Not that we can ever go back.
Onward. That is all.
Not a test, but the end?
Sure. Until next time.

Music accompaniment: Tomahawk, “Desastre Natural”

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Find What You Love

18 Sep
Find What You Love by rsmithing
Find What You Love, a photo by rsmithing on Flickr.

And let it set you free.

This is a play on the phrase by Charles Bukowski, “find what you love and let it kill you.” I like his phrase, but I also like the idea of setting something free or being set free in the name of love. This is a montage I assembled on my iPhone using a shot of a couple of treetops at sunset (with the moon rising), a roadside view of some wildflowers, and a gash of peeling paint in a parking deck. I also consider it to be in the style of my favorite visual artist, Jerry Uelsmann, whose work is endlessly inspiring to me. Click to see the originals and full-size version in greater detail at my Flickr photostream.

What do you think? Are there any litereary quotes that have stuck with you through time? Have you ever been inspired visually by something from literature? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Two-Dollar Poems

11 Aug

A typewriter, a cardboard sign, some note paper, a skateboard to sit on — and you’re in business. Met this fellow at Venice Beach offering on-the-spot poetry. He asked for a topic and about a minute later produced a poem. Definitely worth two dollars. I snapped the top photo with Hipstamatic and added solarization via Dynamic Light, combining results in Photoforge2. Also met a photographer for a another blog  there that day as well. Creativity and art abound = cool stuff.

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Two Dollar Poems, Venice Beach

What do you think? Could you see yourself conducting such an enterprise? Would you support someone doing this? Ever seen this elsewhere? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Musical Poetry: Begin the Beguine

25 Jul
16th note

I especially like 16th notes. Particularly in power pop via tambourine.

I’m an aficionado of many types of music. From edgy alternative, to world beat, to electronica, and so on, I appreciate it in many forms.

One example would be The Andrews Sisters. It might not be immediately obvious that a Deftones and Keith Richards fan would be into each of these artists, but hey. A particular track of theirs I’ve come to love is “Begin the Beguine,” a standard from the wildly gifted Cole Porter. The poetry of the lyrics and the imagery they suggest, along with the snappy beat, brass/woodwind riffs – and of course the boisterous harmonies of the sisters – comes together so very well in this recording. See if you agree:

When they begin the beguine,
It brings back the sound of music so tender.
It brings back a night of tropical splendor.
It brings back a memory evergreen.

I’m with you once more; I’m with you under the stars.
And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing.
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine.

To live it again is past all endeavor,
Except that tune clutches my heart
And there we are swearing to love forever,
And promising never, never to part.

What moments divine, what rapture serene
‘Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted.
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
I know but too well what they mean.

So let them begin the beguine.
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember.
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine.

Oh yes let them begin the beguine – make them play!
‘Til the stars that were there before return above you.
‘Till you whisper to me once more, “Darling, I love you,”
And we suddenly know what heaven we’re in,
When they begin the beguine.

What do you think? Is there a particular genre of music that you find surprisingly appealing? What about music moves, inspires, or captivates you? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Focus

26 Apr

Distractions are a distracting factor; Procrastination delays the matter… Does it matter? Get there faster? More to-do we’re chasing after. (laughter)

Click for a full-size view of this and others like it at my Flickr page

A quick photomontage of a candle I shot along with a macro view of my eye. For a full-size look at this and others like it, check out the Photomontage set at my Flickr gallery.

Musical accompaniment for this post: Incubus – Made for TV Movie

Also, this live version:

Blissful Listlessness

27 Nov

If indifference is a hinderance (see Severance),

And omniscience can be contentious,

Then, perhaps a consonance: omniscient ignorance.

Consider the consequence. Blissfulness?

Listlessness.

Afield, Ahead

“Afield, Ahead.” See more photomontages at my 500pxFlickr or Pinterest pages.

Thanks to Pavel Konoplenko and Angelique of Afmarcom for the inspiration on this one. Join us 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays for the #AskAngel Twitter chat.

Microsoft Office Haikus

8 Sep

Microsoft OfficeBloated MS Word.
Can’t copy and paste freely.
I’ll just use Notepad.

Good Ol’ PowerPoint.
Bullet points and so much more.
Poor man’s Photoshop.

Microsoft Excel.
Remember the Chart Wizard?
Harry Potter style.

Outlook rules our lives.
Lost without it, slaves to it.
My mailbox is full.

Like this? Let us hear from you in the comments!
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Single Image Sundays: Tesla Coil

22 Apr

Tesla Coil - Reynolda Gardens

Set to explode with leaves, and bursting with energy, the giant’s spindly charges twist circuitously, winding trails through generations. Click for orignal @ Flickr.

What do you think? Are tree photos overplayed? Or is this something you just find interesting for some reason? If so, what’s that reason, and how would you express your point of view? Let us hear from you in the comments!
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Jets, Tree, Movement

5 Jan

Image by ancooper16

Jets shear sky beyond
What tree holds, nevertheless,
Movement continues.

Photo by ancooper16 via Instagram.

Spontaneous Photography Thoughts

27 Dec

Saw a photo, got inspired, wrote something:

We can hold the sky,
Touch the sun… for a moment
In photography.

Tomo’s Sunset Sky – via @Chocolatepics324

Peeped this on Instagram and immediately had to make a note… er, haiku. Check out the rest of Chocolatepics324’s stream here.

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