Poetry and Place


I’ve noticed that a lot of the poetry I write is reflective of PLACE. Both Reno and Palm Desert have a character that is distinctive, charged with beauty and sometimes frightening.

This morning I grabbed a camera to take along on our walk with the dogs. We prowl our neighborhood, nestled beside the Truckee River then turn off onto the river walk that snakes along her banks. David looked at me like I’d lost it when I slung the Nokia around my neck. “Are you sure you want to do that? Why?” Implied was the truth that this is something that we see every day. I told him, I want to find a prompt to help me write a poem, since I’m hoping to come up with thirty new ones by the end of September.”

As it happened, I only took one shot. Actually my formerly-professional-photographer husband pilfered the camera from me and he took the photo I asked for, showing me how to adjust for the lighting.

But something else happened that I didn’t expect. Just having the camera catalyzed my sense of awareness and I SAW so much more than I would have had I not had the intention.

I noticed that August is not the most verdant month in Reno but the sunflowers are flaunting their colors. I spotted pumpkins turning orange in our neighbor’s rock garden. I saw that the Truckee is enjoying the consequences of a wet winter in the Sierra Nevada as the flow is more vigorous that it was this time last year.And from underneath a vine, a tiny purple flower caught my attention. In her center, a brilliant yellow star presided, proving the creator’s use of complementary color is spot-on.

David just left for his weekly trek to a local farmer’s market. On the way out of the house, he grabbed my camera. “You’re taking that?” I asked. “Yeah, he answered. I might see something there to photograph.” So, I don’t have my picture prompt handy…the poem will wait and won’t be a part of this post. But that’s okay. Maybe I’ll have something else to work with in a couple of hours. In the meantime, here’s a picture from a meadow across the street from the entrance to our complex. Am I spoiled or what?

Photo Credit: David Slotto

6 thoughts on “Poetry and Place

  1. Jingle says:

    please feel free to take the awards in the post , share each award with 1 to 10 friends,

    Awards 4 u

    Happy Sunday!
    Happy September

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  2. souldipper says:

    Having my camera turns on my intention as well. However, it can mean I am not good company. I don’t want to be distracted, pulled away, asked to divert…

    At the risk of making Jamie feel she’s being stalked, it is because of her that I have discovered you. Delighted to make your acquaintance.

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  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    Interesting and well written post.

    I’ve had that same experience when taking out a camera. It seems to fine-tune awareness and observation.

    You have more awards to pick up. Hope you will accept.
    http://wp.me/pne74-45b

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  4. Jingle says:

    She is glad to meet you…

    thanks for the comments and humors.
    love your visits.
    Happy Saturday!
    😉

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