Photo Swaps – Carolina & Elly

My friend Carolina Read suggested recently that we send each other a photo and then respond with a poem. Neither of us identified our photo (CLICK ON EACH TO ENLARGE) until after we’d written and shared the two poems. Notes are at the bottom.

 

Kindling

It was a small cottage
standing alone in amidst
of field, forest and dirt tracks.
Never-the-less
everything else was far away
shops, goods and the like.
His axe and wood fire stove
must see him through the winter.
He’d spend a long day cutting
in the late autumn sunshine.
Making sure at the end of it
there was sufficient light for a selfie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Questions

The philosopher goes on holiday,
wants to see the ocean and feel the sand,
take off his tie, shoes and socks, light his pipe
— consider the inscrutability
of life.
A friend of mine wants to be one too
(sans the pipe) … and reason out the answers.

 

NOTES:

First photo is of Elly’s Dad.

First poem “Kindling” is by Carolina Read.

Second photo is Carolina’s great-grandfather.

Second poem “The Questions” is by Elly Nobbs

 

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