Sunday, June 24, 2012

Desire is a 2 way street

Sometimes I find street reflections intriguing - the way they seem to show two different worlds, running parallel with each other. This photo, which I took in the Ottawa ByWard Market area, sparked a sense of differing worlds, co-existing and yet almost colliding with each other's view of reality. I hope you like both the photo and the poem that accompanies it.

[ f/8, 1/200, 35mm, ISO 800 ]
street views


like the magazines
might persuade them

the young girls
and even ladies
do look at you
and harbour dreams
of glamour

then continue down the street
to other shops and other avenues

like the magazines
might persuade them

the young boys
and even gentlemen
do look at you
and imagine scenes 
that hollywood restricts 
to 18+ desire

then continue down the street
to other shops and other avenues

without the reference
of a magazine

you however
do look at us

your dreams of freedom
locked within the tears
that no one sees

your unspoken desires 
held prisoner
by more than just the glass

that separates the street
within a shop
without another avenue


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7 comments:

  1. Mario,

    This is wonderful and a novel idea when writing. Both the inside and outside views merged.
    The world of the model fused with the world of the passerby...Excellent.

    Eileen

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  2. This is an extremely interesting photo. And I love the poem too. Great to find this in the Pantry this week!

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  3. I definitely enjoyed the different viewpoints in this poem; and the photograph was outstanding!

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  4. I dig your style. The meditative aspect is never lacking.

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  5. Found you at Poets United! First, the photo: The juxtaposition of mannequins ("ideal" lifeless women... like blow-up dolls) vs. the reflection of places of business (where women are often treated the same way).

    Your poem speaks the minds of so many women who long to be freed of the Britney/Kardashian stereotype. We are not blow-up dolls, nor are we made of plastic, or silicone. We are what is seen in our eyes - deep stories, mature thoughts, clever companions. No matter what your gender orientation, this poem is about women of every size and shape who are REAL. Thanks so much, and so glad I found this piece! Amy Barlow Liberatore
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/06/27/skinny-dipping-adults-only/

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  6. wonderful write and the image is perfect!

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  7. "your dreams of freedom
    locked within the tears
    that no one sees"

    Great concept/image.

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