Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Silhouette photography



Featureless and black,
Outlined against a bright light.
Only shape remains.


Two small words to conjour with......two words.....  just 'Children's Hour';
A tiny phrase that hardly seems to speak with any power.
For what could be more gentle than the scene you see above,
A delightful motherly picture, embued with parental love?
Between the dark and the daylight, when the shadows began to creep,
The children were read a story, before they went to sleep.
These days, when the night is beginning, life is hardly the same!
The modern child will be occupied with the latest computer game!
The parents are certainly not relaxed! They've exhausting occupations!
And when evening comes there is no pause! Life's full of complications!
No time to lower the lamps to dim or cuddle on the settee,
No time to devote a whole long hour to home and family!
But wait! This picture also recalls a time when the Ma and Pa,
Were often very distant souls, only seen from afar!
In high-class families Nannies lurked, ready to whisk away
That dear little girl who only saw her Mother once a day!
Not for them the hurly-burly, that is known, world-wide, right now!
Not for them the spat, the laugh, the hasty kiss, the row!
In  days gone by, there was a lack, as far as I can see
Distance lends enchantment!
Enjoy your family!


Kat said...

SILHOUETTE: Only shape remains. Photo and Poem, remains etched in memory.

Children hour: True - life's really at an accelerated speed. Read in Reader's Digest of a Dad sending email to his son "Dear Son, trust you're fine. Mom says that dinner is ready, can you come down please..!!!"

In a hotel I recently stayed, they mentioned a "happy hour" in the eve. Left me wondering on what the other hours were called :-)))

Tara Tyler said...

love the image and the poetic definition =)

Karen said...

A terrific haiku. The picture is a perfect match.

MISH said...

A great blending of image & words!

carol l mckenna said...

Awesome photo ~ wonderful haiku ~ , carol (A Creative Harbor) ~ linked w/ Sensational Haiku

Ria said...

love the haiku!

Interesting take on children's hour. My parents were in the distance. I tried to be much more hands on with my daughter

Teresa said...

The haiku is wonderful! I have to say, though, that I really love the poem about families. Truly distance does tend to romanticize things.

Kathy Reed said...

What a good silhouette shot and poem..

Susie Clevenger said...

great silhouette parents were physically here, but for the most part emotionally distant

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

"Only shape remains" is a great line for your silhouette haiku!

becca givens said...

Featureless and black

Great beginning line ~~