Sunday, January 29, 2012

The city





the city of brown bricks
and asphalt paved walkways 


lies between the great river 
and the fields of red grapes


imposing with austere lines,
dust and smoke curl its brow 


glass and steel, gold and silver
crowns its hair glossy and urbane 


commuters traverse the lamposts
like busy sightless ants in a freeway 


but for the musician who plays
violin in crowded subway for coins,


whilst a pedestrian ambles 
along the edge of the trapeze wire,


i did not see, as the sun shaded    
the skyline in taupe and muted salmon 




Posted for :   Imaginary Garden with Real Toads:  Weekend Photo Challenge 
and D'verse Poets Pub:    Poetics - Undercurrents .   Writing about a city since I spend most of my time working in the big city.    

picture credit:   Daryl of Out and About in New York    

27 comments:

  1. This has lovely cadence and flow, and the sepia tones of end of day are beautifully painted. K.

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  2. Very effective abstract writing, Grace. I like the subtle use of personification to bring the scene to life.

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  3. The images stood out in relief for me.

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  4. i love the musicians, playing in the subways and streets..for me they capture the heartbeat of a city and transfer it into melody to be heard and felt by the busy crowd.. love the glossy and urbane city hair when the sun makes the glass towers sparkle..

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  5. I totally agree with Claudia. The musicians who play.. they are amazing to listen to :)
    You created a great picture. Loved the writing :)

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  6. lovely capture of the city...i love to visit her and all her textures...saw a few street musicians yesterday in DC...a man with a trumpet on one street...a sax man on the other...both blowing with passion...you capture well the textures of the city...nice personification as well...always great to see you at dverse grace...smiles.

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  7. Keen observer of city happenings, Grace! You brought typical city life out in the open and most can relate to these! Great!

    Hank

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  8. We miss so much beauty of life because we're so busy in its rat race trying to stay afloat.
    A lovely, calming piece from you.

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  9. This chisels a very fine outline of what is seen and unseen. That line brongs to light who one is and who or what one is not.

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  10. I like the way you paint your city. Taupe and muted salmon sounds so mystifying.

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  11. Even the colors seem alive in this, and the shifting perspective suits both the pic and the urban landscape it is representing.

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  12. A tour of the city in colors...accompanied by music..I like this one a lot!

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  13. Excellent job interpreting the photo.

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  14. You captured the great side of the city, nice to see for a visit, but living there gets on my nerves I swear..haha

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  15. I really love the last four lines.

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  16. A glorious interpretation of the photo. Beautiful.

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  17. I like how your poem expresses what the picture shows but also what it does not show. That's always fun... to use the picture to tell a story others would never think of without your words.

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  18. "asphalt paved walkways" is a very clever line.

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  19. Vivid imagery, and I like that you included what you did not see.

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  20. Lovely recreation of city life in all of its ebbs and flows.

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  21. thank you for making my photo come alive

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  22. This is great. It brought me there. I live near Chicago, so I can relate.

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  23. The second and third stanzas I found particularly beautiful.

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  24. "the skyline in taupe and muted salmon" —
    Just perfect, Grace. It is very obvious you know cities, from the inside out. Well done.
    K

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  25. A love poem to the city. Could not select a favorite stanza in this whole beauty.

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