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Living In Tents: Day 6

6 Nov

Day Six – I tried it in poem fashion because… why not.

Daily Prompt

by michelle w. on November 6, 2012

Take a subject you’re familiar with and imagine it as three photos in a sequence.  Tackle the subject by describing those three shots.

 
 
in the first, you can easily pick out the girl,
her tangled mass of mousy brown hair sticks straight out of the sleeping bag
one of two pigtails still holding strong, the other lost somewhere during the day’s outdoor adventures.
 
 
but on closer inspection, there’s another warm little body inside,
tucked beneath the scabby-elbowed arm of the girl.
only a rosy, round cheek, the very top of a small boy’s head
and one perfect, little thumb
remain visible in the blue glow of the domed tent
 
 
the second – a staged shot – lines three  tanned and smiling siblings
under a brown weather-worn sign.
this shot, a favorite in the family, repeats itself
in countless wooded havens
each a passport stamp in their own right,
a declaration for themselves and others:
“we were here.”
 
 
the last brings in two more bronzed faces
each with responsibly crowded fanny packs.
band-aids, water bottles, bug spray, snacks –
everything but the kitchen sink comes along with the
five on their treks.
 
 
and as four sit evenly spaced  on a fallen log
with broad smiles and nearly audible giggles even in print,
one laughing face is frozen mid-step, half a pace away from the rest.
 
 
try as he might – and they do this all the time –
they can never quite seem to beat the timer,
knocking off the seconds faster than they
can ever seem to snatch them up.
 
 

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2 Responses to “Living In Tents: Day 6”

  1. Ruth November 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    love it!

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