Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mystery Photograph


THE WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE

MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH

A strange shot for a memento!
A female on a roof!
But it brings back happy memories
And the following is proof.
I went to Teachers' College
In Brighton, by the sea,
Which occupied old terraces,
Of the type known as Regency.
(Those of you knowing Brighton
Will know the association
With the Prince Regent of the time,
The buffoon of the nation.)
Our bedrooms were cramped and stuffy,
But up among the tiles,
From whence the views were dazzling;
We could see miles and miles.
When we did our studying
We climbed to chimney height
And lolled around on the roof-tops
As any tom-cat might.
A funny un-focussed picture,
But photos such as these,
Which will never win any prizes,
Evoke great memories.
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An old post-card of the era, showing the view from our cat-walk. Note the 'heavy' traffic!
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IN PERSPECTIVE

Consider size if you will.
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That great moon
That illuminated
All your youthful follies;
That ballooned over you in majesty
And filled your sky;
That squeezed the blackness of night
Into the dusty corners
Of the universe.....
*
Is a speck!
*
Against the azure firmament
It is a mere morsel,
A pea,
A pin-head
A little dot of dust.
Easily lost.
Easily overlooked.
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Compared to a planet
It is nothing!
So what are we?
We who gasp at the 'huge' moon,
Who bathe in its harvest splendour,
Who are certain it fills the sky?
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We are less than
A pea,
A pin-head
Or a dot of dust!
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Why!
It is almost Biblical!
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8 comments:

gengen said...

Oh its a good post...skywatch...

bfarr said...

Love your poem : ) Photos are the memories when the mind forgets.

Mama Zen said...

I love In Perspective. So true!

Kat said...

Photos are surely for memories....
Loved the walk-down-memory-lane and the postcard photo of the 'lean' traffic and broad roads brings a smile to the lips.


Was hanging to each word... so powerful..!!!!

That great moon
That illuminated
All your youthful follies;
That ballooned over you in majesty
And filled your sky;
That squeezed the blackness of night
Into the dusty corners
Of the universe.....

Dragonstar said...

I've boxes full of photographic memories - wonderful stuff!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

I like the second photo very much.

Regards and best wishes

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

I remember that roof top on the one occasion I
visited, now that I see the photo! It was a great weekend, as I recall, during which time I was even
introduced to Sibelius and the Swan of Tuonela -
something I had forgotten until this moment, yet I
used to listen to it a lot after that time.

Shanna said...

Great post and photos. Sounds like you have lived and continue to live an adventure.