Unmentionables (surprise assumes a space)

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© Pamela Haberman
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UploadedFebruary 27, 2014
TakenFebruary 23, 2014
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/200 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length50 mm
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If you have seen the snow
somewhere slowly fall
on a bicycle,
then you understand
all beauty will be lost
and that even loss
can be beautiful.

And if you have looked
at a winter garden
and seen not a winter garden
but a meditation on shape,
then you understand why
this season is not
known for its words,
the cold too much
about the slowing of matter,
not enough about the making of it.

So you are blessed
to forget this way:
jump rope in the ice melt,
a mitten that has lost its hand,
a sun that shines
as if it doesn't mean it.

And if in another season
you see a beautiful woman
use her bare hands
to smooth wrinkles
from her expensive dress
for the sake of dignity,
but in so doing reveal
the outlines of her thighs,
then you will remember
surprise assumes a space
that has first been forgotten,
especially here, where we
rarely speak of it,
where we walk out onto the roofs
of frozen lakes
simply because we're stunned
we really can.

~Dobby Gibson

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28 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Feb 2014):

    I like this entry!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (28 Feb 2014):

    cool image

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2014):

    A very good take on theme. Airing out to dry on the AIrstream?

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2014):

    Also, thanks for sharing the poetry

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Mar 2014):

    Masterful comp, fits beautifully in both the theme and the meaning of the poem.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (3 Mar 2014):

    love it.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2014):

    Wow, love ALL of this, image, poem, fabulous

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Mar 2014):

    Perfect blending of image and words. Outstanding work.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (5 Mar 2014):

    Great poem and fun entry : )

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Mar 2014):

    I love the poetry and the image...Beautiful work!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (5 Mar 2014):

    Magazine worthy snap.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Mar 2014):

    Rockin' JPG's Color Scheme!

  • R L

    R L gave props (17 Apr 2014):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2014):

    Wonderful poetry and entry!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (23 Jun 2014):

    Wonderful !

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (23 Jun 2014):

    Just saw the jpg spotlight. Congrats!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (23 Jun 2014):

    Wow entry!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (24 Jun 2014):

    Wonderful, wonderful!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (24 Jun 2014):

    Excellent entry!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (1 Jul 2014):

    I love it! Thank you fo your words!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    Congratulations Pamela, well deserving!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    YEAH! Congrats on the blog!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    not sure how i missed this super snap sister Haberman and congrats!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2014):

    WoooooHooooo! Oh yeah I just knew this was blog excellence !

  • christa masters

    christa masters gave props (15 Jul 2014):

    my favorite in this challenge!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (16 Jul 2014):

    I love this!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jul 2014):

    Congrats on making the blog!

  • Michael Hutchinson

    Michael Hutchinson gave props (8 Sep 2014):

    Nicely seen.

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