wondering what we had been

12:02 PM Posted by James Owens

Photo by Roxana Ghita



A poem, "Absolution," in Chantarelle's Notebook.

8 comments:

Anne said...

"What we had been", and what we hope to be again...
Anne

Meg S. said...

"wondering what they meant,
wondering what we had been"
These lines fit perfect with the photograph. I found myself wondering what this place had been. It looks so deserted and abandoned. Perfect pairing of picture and poem!

James Owens said...

Anne: Perhaps we can still hope ... do we still have that?

James Owens said...

Meg: Thank you. It is a beautiful picture, yes, and I am happy, more than happy, if I can offer some echo of its inconsolable vision, that lament for the fading into time....

Marion said...

I love this constant theme in your poems of the physicality of language, words. Dreamy and mysterious, I love the intimacy and child-like fascination of 'we turned the words in our fingers'.
Both poem and picture are perfect examples of that Merwin quote: "a theme that runs through all poetry and language is a feeling of loss".

Anna said...

I love the photo James, and there is too much unknown in this world, then the best is to look forward :), at least for me.

Anna :)

T3H GREAT RANTSES said...

this picture is awesome!

Roxana said...

wondering what these pictures would have been, or meant, without your words?
thank you -

for everything