Monochrome Monday: Skinny Man

Skinny Man high contrast

he stands watch

the skinny man

the benevolent guardian of

hope’s illumination

*

he stands ready

the fearful man

a repository for worriment

consuming negativity

Skinny Man 2

This week’s Monochrome Monday is the second in my series of posts showing some of the ornaments my sister and I have around our house. Some of them are rather odd…

I quite enjoyed playing around with the editing of this statue. The first picture has very high contrast and clarity. I wanted to bring out the texture of the figure and highlight the light vs dark / hope vs fear theme of the poem. The second picture has much lower contrast and clarity, giving it quite a ghostly effect. I felt this fitted quite well with the idea of the benevolent, watching spirit within the statue.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Monochrome Monday: Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaf bw

fallen leaves lie scattered

yesterday’s doubts discarded

insulating the seeds of hope

through winter’s long chill

Fallen Leaves bw

This week’s pictures were taken at the meadow during November. I thought they looked different enough in black and white that I could use them despite having shared the coloured versions only a few days ago!

I hope you like them.

Sunlight on Fallen Leaf bw

Monochrome Monday: Step by Step

Steps

gain insight in ascent

awakening emotions stultified

by society’s strictures

*

gain closure in descent

revisiting issues locked within

subconscious crypts

*

gain wisdom with each step

overcoming life’s adversities

so true joy can be found

Steps to bench

This week’s pictures were both taken at Harlow Carr, an RHS garden in Yorkshire that I visited a few week’s ago.

I hope you like them.

Monochrome Monday: Messengers

Parliamentarian messengers bw

horseshoes clatter

metal pealing against cobblestones

in a chiming of bells

as dreamlike figures ghost by

a cavalcade of spirits

messengers from the past

bearing warning from a time of

division and strife

for those who care to listen


This week’s photo was taken at an English Civil War reenactment in my home town of Newark-on-Trent a year or so ago. The figures on horseback were the messengers from the parliamentary forces who carried the terms of surrender for the royalist town. If you’d like to see more pictures from the event, you can check out my post about it here. If you’d like to learn more about the history behind the event, check out my mum, Millie Thom’s, post on it here.

WPC: Autumn Flame

Autumn Candle

the flame sways

in meditative radiance

*

remembering days filled with laughter amidst

autumnal golds and browns

*

breathing air thick with scents of

damp earth and ripe berries and rotting plants

and sugarbeet

*

a small hand held

within age-gnarled fingers

frog wellies stomping through

fallen leaves

*

 days now circled beneath the wheel

gone but not forgotten

*

as the flame sways

Autumn candle

This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Rounded.

I’ve actually had these pictures on my computer for a while now. I was just wondering what to do with them when I spotted this week’s WPC. I thought they’d fit the theme perfectly.

Candle in Autumn Bowl